A study of filicidal men

Am J Psychiatry. 1988 Sep;145(9):1141-4. doi: 10.1176/ajp.145.9.1141.


Twelve filicidal men were examined on a forensic psychiatric service. The majority suffered from severe mental impairments due to psychosis, neurological disorders, substance abuse, or mental retardation. Most of the filicidal acts committed by these chronically impaired men resulted from isolated explosive behavior.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child Abuse
  • Child, Preschool
  • Fathers / psychology
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Homicide*
  • Humans
  • Infanticide
  • Intellectual Disability / psychology
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / psychology*
  • Poverty
  • Social Support
  • United States