Year: 2001 Source: North American Journal of Psychology, v.3, no.2, (2001), p.277-292 SIEC No: 20061057

A review of the literature suggests two primary motives in cases of filicide-suicide: actively attempting to harm a child or children, including both accidental death or actual murder; & premeditation of suicide by the parent who also chooses to murder the children to relieve their current or perceived future suffering. This article explores various factors in parental filicide-suicide & suggests prevention strategies for counsellors. (46 refs.)