Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 83–85

Murdering babies

A cross-national study
  • D. Lester

DOI: 10.1007/BF00791532

Cite this article as:
Lester, D. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1991) 26: 83. doi:10.1007/BF00791532


Males are murdered at a higher rate than females in the world. Among babies this discrepancy is reduced, though still present. The murder of babies occurred at a higher rate in nations where the suicide rate was higher (but was unrelated to the overall murder rate). The sex ratio for the victimization by murder of babies was more egalitarian in those nations with a higher gross national product per capita and more female equality.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Lester
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  1. 1.Richard Stockton State CollegePomonaUSA