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NCJ Number: 164610 Find in a Library
Title: Profile of Parental Homicide Against Children
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:11  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1996)  Pages:347-362
Author(s): J Kunz; S J Bahr
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84601
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides profiles of victims and offenders in cases of children having been killed by their parents.
Abstract: The data were all incidents (n=3,459) in which a parent killed a child under age 18 that were recorded in the Uniform Crime Reports between 1976 and 1985. Findings show that in the first week of a child's life, the risk of being killed by a parent was equal for males and females. From the first week to 15 years, males were the victims in approximately 55 percent of all parent- child homicides; the percentage of male victims increased to 77 percent in the 16- to 18-year-old age group. During infants' first week of life, mothers were almost always the ones who committed the homicide. Between the first week of life and the teenage years, mothers and fathers were about equally likely to kill their child. For the 13- to 15-year-old age group, fathers committed 63 percent of all homicides, and this increased to 80 percent among the 16- to 18-year-old group. Among very young children, the causes of death tended to be personal weapons, asphyxiation, or drowning. As age increased, the weapons became predominantly guns and knives. 5 tables, 2 figures, and 29 references
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse fatalities; Homicide victims; Offender profiles; Victim profiles
Note: Revision of a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southwestern Sociological Association, Dallas, Tex., March 24, 1995.
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