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Table of Contents

Children: An Endangered Species Throughout History
Gender and Child Homicide
The Literary Legacy
Legacies of Ancient Cultures
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
Penalties of the Past

Motives for Abuse
Why Murder?
Psychological Explanations
The Role of Shame
Denial of Pregnancy
Psychological/Psychiatric Diagnoses
Reaction and Revenge
Neonaticide and Its Alternatives
Options in Pregnancy
Carrying the Pregnancy to Term
A Comment on "Illegitimacy"
Placement for Adoption
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
What Kind of Parent ... ?
Other Motives
Faith Healing
Cultural Differences
Paternal Homicide
Child Abuse
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
Summarizing the Alternatives
Concluding Thoughts and Recommendations
The DeShaney Case
Provide Information
Therapeutic Rehabilitation
The Role of Therapeutic Jurisprudence

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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