Date of Award

7-26-2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)

Committee Chair

Genevieve L. Y. Arnaut, Psy.D., Ph.D.

Abstract

Many infanticide researchers have focused on individual-level factors. This study considered community factors that may influence rates of infanticide, such the influence of political climate on the availability of reproductive and mental health services. Rates of infanticide and reproductive and mental health centers were compared for Democratic and Republican states. Results showed that, compared with Republican states, Democratic states had higher rates of abortion clinics and mental health and substance abuse treatment centers, along with lower rates of infanticide. This study highlights the need for inferential research in this area so that public and mental health officials can implement prevention strategies.

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