The present study represents the first empirical investigation of the mechanisms–a Hostile-Helpless (HH) attachment and reflective functioning (RF)–through which childhood abuse and neglect (CA&N) experiences may impact a mother’s likelihood to commit filicide. The sample was comprised of 46 mentally ill mothers. Differences in attachment-derived risk variables between filicidal mothers (FM) and non-filicidal mothers (NFM) were also examined. FM (n = 23) reported lower RF, higher HH attachment, and a more severe history of CA&N, compared to NFM (n = 23), but did not differ on the severity of childhood experiences of loss of and/or separation from attachment figures. Bayesian analysis indicated that the mediated effect of more severe CA&N on the likelihood of committing filicide through higher HH attachment was significantly amplified by lower RF. A developmental interpretation of filicide is proposed and clinical implications for prevention and attachment-based interventions with at-risk mother–child dyads are discussed.

Barone, L., Carone, N. (2021). Childhood abuse and neglect experiences, Hostile-Helpless attachment, and reflective functioning in mentally ill filicidal mothers. ATTACHMENT & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 23(6), 771-794 [10.1080/14616734.2020.1738510].

Childhood abuse and neglect experiences, Hostile-Helpless attachment, and reflective functioning in mentally ill filicidal mothers

Nicola Carone
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2021-01-01

Abstract

The present study represents the first empirical investigation of the mechanisms–a Hostile-Helpless (HH) attachment and reflective functioning (RF)–through which childhood abuse and neglect (CA&N) experiences may impact a mother’s likelihood to commit filicide. The sample was comprised of 46 mentally ill mothers. Differences in attachment-derived risk variables between filicidal mothers (FM) and non-filicidal mothers (NFM) were also examined. FM (n = 23) reported lower RF, higher HH attachment, and a more severe history of CA&N, compared to NFM (n = 23), but did not differ on the severity of childhood experiences of loss of and/or separation from attachment figures. Bayesian analysis indicated that the mediated effect of more severe CA&N on the likelihood of committing filicide through higher HH attachment was significantly amplified by lower RF. A developmental interpretation of filicide is proposed and clinical implications for prevention and attachment-based interventions with at-risk mother–child dyads are discussed.
2021
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Rilevanza internazionale
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Esperti anonimi
Settore M-PSI/07
English
Con Impact Factor ISI
Hostile-Helpless attachment
reflective functioning
filicide
mental illness
childhood abuse and neglect
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14616734.2020.1738510?journalCode=rahd20
Barone, L., Carone, N. (2021). Childhood abuse and neglect experiences, Hostile-Helpless attachment, and reflective functioning in mentally ill filicidal mothers. ATTACHMENT & HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, 23(6), 771-794 [10.1080/14616734.2020.1738510].
Barone, L; Carone, N
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