Table 1

Factors Coded in the Study: Eight Subgroups of Factors

Demographics: parent sex, age of parent, marital status, 
 employment, race
Legal history: history of charges, history of prison, juvenile legal 
Substance history: alcohol history, drug history, alcohol use prior to 
 offense, drug use prior to offense, intoxication during act
Offense characteristics: total children, children in filicide, child age, 
 child sex, description of motive, description of filicide act, other 
 victims, accomplice, method, previous attempts at filicide, length 
 of consideration of filicide
Illness characteristics: history of mental illness, diagnosis, age at 
 diagnosis/symptom onset, age at first hospitalization, length of 
 mental illness treatment, history of psychiatric admissions, last 
 contact with psychiatry/mental health services, history of suicide 
 attempts and method, auditory hallucinations, command 
 hallucinations, visual hallucinations, delusions and quality, 
 depression, mania
Family characteristics: domestic violence, abuse of children
Offender developmental/psychosocial characteristics: social support, 
 childcare, biological father involvement/stepfather, involvement of 
 child protective services, source of income, custody dispute, 
 school problems
Offender medical history: history of postpartum depression or 
 psychosis, postpartum or pregnant state, medical problems