Monday, February 6, 2012
Mike Butler: Step-parents top baby killers
After testing for numerous factors that may affect the killings, such as poverty or wealth, family size, birth order, parents’ age, fathers’ personality etc, they found the best predictor of baby killing was having a step parent. This multiplied the risk factor by 50-100 times.
New Zealand crime records were not included in their study since our records do not distinguish between murderous step parents and murderous biological parents.
Brockie pointed to the practice of “whangai”, where a child is raised by step parents or kin members, which traditionally is more about cementing the relationship between families rather than the wellbeing of the child.
Another risk factor not mentioned by Brockie is New Zealand's extensive solo-parent culture, and the large number of serial live-in partners who are in fact step-fathers and step-mothers. Nearly half (43 percent) of parents on the DPB between 2007 and 2010 were Maori.
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