Dangerous Women

Dangerous Women

Why Mothers, Daughters, and Sisters Become Stalkers, Molesters, and Murderers

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Random House, Inc.
Criminologists have noted a disturbing trend in the last few decades. Though men are still most often the perpetrators of murder, violent assault, and child molestation, more girls and women are becoming dangerous criminals. The news increasingly includes stories of mothers molesting or killing their children, female teachers having "affairs" with grade school boys, and young girls beating up or molesting other children. Simultaneously fascinated and repelled by these lurid accounts, people often wonder out loud: How could a mother or young girl do such a thing?

This is the first book to explore the full scope of girls and women behaving badly. From inappropriate sexual behavior to brutal murders, forensic psychologist Dr. Larry A. Morris relies on thirty years of personal clinical experience with perpetrators and victims of interpersonal violence to reveal why an alarming number of girls and women are now walking down dangerous paths to destruction.

But this book is much more than a walk through the forbidden side of femininity. It provides a fresh perspective on the complex biological, developmental, psychological, and sociocultural forces driving girls and women to molest and murder. Blending humanity with scientific rigor and evocative case material, the book draws readers into the direct experiences of dangerous girls and women, their families, and the professionals who try to understand and help them. Along the way, readers also learn practical ways to prevent these grievous acts from creeping into their lives.

Baker & Taylor
Discusses the increasing trend of violent crimes including murder and molestation being committed by women, providing case studies and its possible causes.

Book News
Writing for a general audience, Morris (a clinical and forensic psychologist in private practice) draws on his own professional experience, the professional literature, the public record of highly publicized cases, and media coverage of female celebrities in discussing why girls and women commit violent crimes, including sexual crimes. He takes a case-by-case approach (anonymizing and hybridizing those from his own practice) in discussing the warning signs of "growing up dangerous" (this is the chapter that deals with celebrities), women who kill outside the family, women who kill their partners, women "who didn't mean to do it," women who kill their own children, mothers who molest children, women teachers who sexually abuse students, nuns who sexually abuse children, and girls who molest and murder. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, c2008
ISBN: 9781591026334
Branch Call Number: 364.374 M832d
Characteristics: 310 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm


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