Mothers Who Abuse Their Children

  • Virginia N. Wilking
Part of the Women in Context book series (WICO)


The thought of a woman abusing a child is a terrible one. It contradicts conventional concepts of woman as mother, providing for and protecting her young. Primitive religions, however, recognized a dual role for women by coupling the image of the Great Mother with that of the Destroyer. In these religions goddesses were worshipped cautiously, surrounded by great mystery and reverence, because of their powers over life and death.


Child Abuse Child Psychiatry Postneonatal Mortality Child Protection Team Battered Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Virginia N. Wilking
    • 1
  1. 1.Columbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsNew YorkUSA

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