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  • Infanticide and child murder - admissions to the Central Mental Hospital 1850-2000

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    Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, Vol: 19, Page: 8-12,MedMedia

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    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to describe the subject of infanticide and child murder-admissions to the Central Mental Hospital 1850-2000


    Examined the case notes and legal files of 64 women charged with infanticide or murder of their child, who were admitted to the Central Mental Hospital forensic psychiatry service in Dublin, Ireland, between 1850 and 2000. Average age at the time of the offense was 30.5 yrs. This group represents a complete sample of female inpatients charged with these offenses over the 150 yr history of the institution. Sociodemographic and clinical data were analyzed to provide psychiatric and social backgrounds to the cases. Results show there has been a considerable decrease in the number of women admitted to the hospital on charges or conviction for infanticide and child murder in recent years. It appears that the attitude of the judiciary to these women has altered. The cases are discussed in the context of the prevailing attitudes of the era. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2008 APA, all rights reserved)


    Niamh Mulryan; Pat Gibbons; Art O'Connor

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Case Study » Descriptive Studies - Without a comparision


    0790-9667 Accession Number: 2002-15335-003. First Author & Affiliation: Mulryan, Niamh; Our Lady's Hosp, Navan, Ireland. Other Journal Title: Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. Release Date: 20020814. Publication Type: Journal, (0100) Peer Reviewed Journal, (0110). Media Covered: Print. Media Available: Print. Document Type: Journal Article. Language: English. Major Descriptor: Forensic Psychiatry; Homicide; Infanticide; Mothers; Psychiatric Hospital Admission. Minor Descriptor: Client Characteristics; History; Hospitals; Offspring. Classification: Inpatient & Hospital Services (3379) . Population: Human (10) Female (40) Inpatient (50) . Location: Ireland. Age Group: Adulthood (18 yrs & older) (300) . Methodology: Empirical Study; Longitudinal Study; Retrospective Study. References Available: Y.


    infanticide; child murder-admissions

    International Classification:

    Deaths - infanticide



    Republic of Ireland (Referal hospital CMH)