A Meta-Synthesis of Filicide Classification Systems: Psychosocial and Psychodynamic Issues in Women Who Kill Their Children

Marie E. Mugavin


J Foren Nurs. 2005;1(2):65-72. 

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Classification and the Role of the Neurotransmitter

Bourget and Gagne (2002) took the classification systems one step further. The authors emphasized the multifactorial nature of filicide and chose to look at the role of impulsivity and neurotransmitter activity as they relate to psychiatric illness and gender differences in parental filicide. Advances in genetics research and insight into the role of the serotonergic system in aggression, impulsivity, and suicide were suggested to have direct implications in better understanding filicide. It is suggested that future genetic and molecular research will aid in the understanding of violent and homicidal behaviors. Considering such advancements, Bourget and Gagne (2002) assert that future classification systems include specifications of impulsivity, aggression, and suicidality in addition to clear and accurate identification of psychiatric diagnoses involved in the crime.


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