Neonaticidal Mothers: Are More Boys Killed?

Neonaticidal Mothers: Are More Boys Killed?

Neonaticidal Mothers: Are More Boys Killed?

Neonaticidal Mothers: Are More Boys Killed?s

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Référence bibliographique [4156]

Marleau, Jacques D., Dubé, Myriam et Léveillée, Suzanne. 2004. «Neonaticidal Mothers: Are More Boys Killed? ». Medicine Science and the Law, vol. 44, no 4, p. 311-316.

Fiche synthèse

1. Objectifs


Intentions :
« The aim of this study was to determine whether more girls or more boys were victims of neonaticide perpetrated by mothers, based on cases identified in the literature of the past 50 years. » (p. 312)

2. Méthode


Échantillon/Matériau :
« Data on the victims’ sex was culled from the English and French scientific literature of the past fifty years (from 1955 to 2002). Articles were found by searching three databases, namely Medline, PsycINFO and Child Abuse and Neglect. » (p.312)
« We found 63 case reports of neonaticide presented in 26 pieces of writing published in the past fifty years. » (p. 313)

Type de traitement des données :
Analyse statistique

3. Résumé


« Neonaticide refers to the homicide of a newborn of less than 24 hours old. Recently, certain authors have reported that only boys were victims [...]. The aim of this study was to determine whether the proportion of males/females victims identified in the literature varied significantly from the official proportions of males/females at birth in countries of the Western World. Two types of study were taken into account to identify the victims’ sex, namely those presenting case reports and those presenting case series. A total of 420 neonaticides were included in our analyses. The majority of newborn victims were male (58.3%). However, there was no significant difference compared with the percentage of male births (51.4%). Based on the data collected, results indicate overall that a child’s sex is not a significant factor associated with neonaticide. » (p. 311)