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NCJ Number: 120349 Find in a Library
Title: Fatal Maltreatment by Mothers: A Proposed Framework
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:481-489
Author(s): J E Korbin
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper proposes a framework for understanding fatal maltreatment by mothers based on an in-depth study of incarcerated women.
Abstract: While fatal maltreatment is not homogeneous, the circumstances leading to the fatality followed a similar progression even though the specifics of each case varied. The framework is characterized by a recurrent pattern of abuse culminating in the fatality. All of the women had abused the deceased child prior to the fatality. The women provided warning signals to professionals and to members of their personal networks (kin, friends, neighbors) by alerting them to the abusive incidents. The fatal incident was not a one-time assault, but the exit point of a continuing pattern of abusive interactions that was maintained by the woman's ability to explain, rationalize, and minimize the abuse to herself and to her network. 1 figure, 26 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Violent women
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Crimes against children; Homicide
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