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Children: An Endangered Species Throughout History Gender and Child Homicide The Literary Legacy Legacies of Ancient Cultures Mythologies Fairy Tales Child Homicide in Literature and Operas A Historical Note Neonaticide in Theory and in History: Who Are the Perpetrators? Sociobiological Perspectives Cross-Cultural Perspectives A Brief Look at Asian Cultures Cultural Causes in the West A Historical Perspective Abandonment Penalties of the Past Motives for Abuse Why Murder? Neonaticide Psychological Explanations The Role of Shame Denial of Pregnancy Psychological/Psychiatric Diagnoses Reaction and Revenge Neonaticide and Its Alternatives Options in Pregnancy Abortion Carrying the Pregnancy to Term Mothering A Comment on "Illegitimacy" Placement for Adoption Abandonment Neonaticide Neonaticide and the Law Legal Ramifications Variations in Charges and Sentencing Should Neonaticide Be Punished? If So, How? Anglo-American Laws and Sentencing American Law What About the Fathers? In Transition: From One Form of Child Abuse to Another Neonaticide Syndrome Shaken Baby Syndrome/Shaking Impact Syndrome Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Gaining Evidence Postpartum Depression Disorders Differentiating the Disorders Case Examples The Andrea Yates Case Other Cases What Can Be Done Early Diagnosis Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale Legal Controversies Infanticide, Filicide, and Other Abuses Motives What Kind of Parent ... ? Other Motives Faith Healing Cultural Differences Paternal Homicide Child Abuse Pedophiles Legal Ramifications The Survivors If These Are the Causes ... The Law and Crimes Against Children The Insanity Defense Postpartum Depression Versus Postpartum Psychosis Alternative Defenses In Defense of the Defendant Variations in Penalties An Interesting Question Are the Laws Antifemale? Looking Back and Ahead Choice and Reproduction Arguments The Abortion Controversy Religious Views Language and Imagery In the Courts Does Fetus = Person? Euthanasia and Infanticide To Treat or Not to Treat Conjoined Twins Legislative and Judicial Responses Eugenics, Mercy Killing, and Euthanasia The Parental Positions Child Abuse: Preventive Measures Prevention of Neonaticide Sex Education Pregnancy Prevention Secondary Prevention Preventing Infanticide and Filicide Other Alternatives Preventive Legislation Reform Abortion Summarizing the Alternatives Concluding Thoughts and Recommendations The DeShaney Case Provide Information Therapeutic Rehabilitation The Role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence References Index

About the Author

Lita Linzer Schwartz, Ph.D., is a graduate of Vassar College, Temple University, and Bryn Mawr College, and is Distinguished Professor Emerita of The Pennsylvania State University's Abington College (nee Ogontz Campus). She also holds a diplomate in forensic psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She has received three awards from Penn State: Outstanding Teacher from the College of Education Alumni (1981--1982), Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University (1982), and Career Achievement award from the College of Education (1992). Dr. Schwartz is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Forensic Psychologists as well as a member of the International Council of Psychologists and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. In addition to teaching, she is actively involved in a number of writing projects on topics as varied as adoptive and surrogate parenting, cults and sects, media violence and its impact, gifted children, and female artists and photographers. Natalie Isser, Ph.D., is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and is Professor Emerita of The Pennsylvania State University's Abington College. She is a member of the American Historical Association, The Western Society for the Study of French History, and the Delaware Valley Association of Modern European Historians. In addition to the books and articles coauthored with Dr. Schwartz, she has written on French anti-Semitism, human rights, and French public opinion and diplomacy during the Second Empire. She teaches part time and has continued research on a variety of topics such as American melodrama, movies, and history; and the social and cultural roots of American populism.

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