Table 2

Filicide in Austria and Finland 1995--2005, victim and perpetrator information

Austria

Finland

p


Children (<18) killed by homicide

<150 a

88

Number of filicide victims

86

66

Number of filicide cases

74

50

Rate of filicide per 100,000

5.2 b

5.9b

Victims -- boys (%)

45 (52)

35 (53)

Victims -- girls (%)

40 (47)

31 (47)

Victims -- gender unknown (%)

1 (1)

0

Victims -- < 24 hours, neonaticides (%)

23 (27)

5 (8)

<0.01c

Victim's age at time of death

- range

0--17.8

0--17.9

- median

2.0

3.8

- IQR d

6.7

6.1

Number of perpetrators

74 e

50

Perpetrator -- mother (%)

57 (72)

26 (52)

<0.05c

Perpetrator -- father (%)

14 (18)

23 (46)

<0.001c

Perpetrator -- non-biological f mother (%)

1 (1)

0

Perpetrator -- non-biological f father (%)

7 (9)

1 (2)

Perpetrator's age at time of crime

- range

51.9 (16--68)

33.6 (20--53)

- mean

32.7

35.3

- SD

10.2

8.3


a Austria's total child homicides include those that were 18 and 19 because of registering policies. In 2001 legal adulthood was lowered from 19 to 18.

b Population statistics for 2001

c Fisher's exact test, two-sided

d Inter Quartile Range (75th percentile - 25th percentile) Victims' ages did not have normal distribution, hence median and IQR.

e Two perpetrators committed two cases each, one perpetrator committed four cases, in five cases there were two perpetrators

f Adoptive, foster, or stepparent

Putkonen et al. BMC Psychiatry 2009 9:74   doi:10.1186/1471-244X-9-74

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