Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - NLU Access

Degree Name

Psy.D. Doctor of Clinical Psychology

Academic Discipline

Clinical Psychology - Florida School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Dixon

Second Advisor

Dr. Gary Howell


Often, mothers who kill their children suffer from losses at multiple levels: the loss of their children, freedom, and sense of self. U.S. courts often consider a mother’s emotional and physical condition before and during delivery, and some mothers will be reintegrated into society. In other cases, perpetrators deal with the long-term effects of the crime, including lengthy prison sentences. This study has three major objectives. The first is to review the current literature regarding filicide. Second, this review seeks to address the lack of adequate and consistent treatment interventions and protocols for maternal filicide. The third objective is to examine cultural differences in the process of maternal filicide as well as therapeutic needs.

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