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Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention Advance Access originally published online on April 9, 2008
Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention 2008 8(3):283-291; doi:10.1093/brief-treatment/mhn011
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Maternal Filicide and Its Intersection With Suicide

   Susan Hatters Friedman, MD
   Carol E. Holden, PhD
   Debra R. Hrouda, MSSA
   Phillip J. Resnick, MD

From the Case Western Reserve University (Resnick, Friedman, Hrouda) and the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry (Holden)

Contact author: Susan Hatters Friedman, Department of Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Cleveland, 11100 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106. E-mail: susanhfmd{at}

Maternal filicide, child murder by the mother, may occur either alone or as part of a joint filicide–suicide. This study considered differences among 3 groups of mothers who committed filicide: those who did so without a concomitant suicide attempt, those who made a nonfatal suicide attempt, and those who completed suicide. Traditional predictors of completed suicide did not distinguish mothers who completed or attempted suicide from those who did not. Mothers who completed suicide following filicide often had altruistic motives and more frequently utilized firearms.

KEY WORDS: suicide, filicide, infanticide

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