Several studies focused on mothers' psychopathological and environmental risk factors linked to filicide, to understand the genesis of this violent act. Considering the transition to motherhood a critical period for any woman, requiring the activation of deep personality resources, the aim of this study was to detect, in a sample of 16 filicide women hospitalized in Italian Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals, the recurrent characteristics with a specific focus on personality traits. Women were assessed using Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I), Big Five Inventory (BFI) and Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). The BFI and TCI profiles seem to overlap showing a personality profile characterized by a rigid control of aggressive impulses, the avoiding of unconscious fears and the masking of feelings of negativity. Examining the mother's mental state with respect to personality traits, could help clinicians to detect specific temperament patterns that may carry out impulsive violent behaviors, if correlated with other psychopathological and environmental factors.

Personality traits in a sample of Italian filicide mothers / Giacchetti, Nicoletta; Roma, Paolo; Pancheri, Corinna; Williams, Riccardo; Meuti, Valentina; Aceti, Franca. - In: RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA. - ISSN 2038-2502. - 54:2(2019), pp. 67-74. [10.1708/3142.31247]

Personality traits in a sample of Italian filicide mothers

Giacchetti, Nicoletta
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Roma, Paolo;Pancheri, Corinna;Williams, Riccardo;Meuti, Valentina;Aceti, Franca
2019

Abstract

Several studies focused on mothers' psychopathological and environmental risk factors linked to filicide, to understand the genesis of this violent act. Considering the transition to motherhood a critical period for any woman, requiring the activation of deep personality resources, the aim of this study was to detect, in a sample of 16 filicide women hospitalized in Italian Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals, the recurrent characteristics with a specific focus on personality traits. Women were assessed using Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders (SCID-I), Big Five Inventory (BFI) and Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI). The BFI and TCI profiles seem to overlap showing a personality profile characterized by a rigid control of aggressive impulses, the avoiding of unconscious fears and the masking of feelings of negativity. Examining the mother's mental state with respect to personality traits, could help clinicians to detect specific temperament patterns that may carry out impulsive violent behaviors, if correlated with other psychopathological and environmental factors.
2019
childbirth, infanticide, postpartum depression, personality
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Personality traits in a sample of Italian filicide mothers / Giacchetti, Nicoletta; Roma, Paolo; Pancheri, Corinna; Williams, Riccardo; Meuti, Valentina; Aceti, Franca. - In: RIVISTA DI PSICHIATRIA. - ISSN 2038-2502. - 54:2(2019), pp. 67-74. [10.1708/3142.31247]
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