"Morris delves into the lethal mix of developmental, psychological, and cultural factors ... that compel females to molest and kill. Uncensored and engrossing, this study shows us the why and how, and gives practical ways to halt this heinous behavior from happening."
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY"A captivating tale of famous and not-so-famous women who have learned to use violence, many simply to survive cruel lives. He gets behind the sensationalism of their violence to help us better understand how women like Aileen Wuornos end up as serial killers....No psychologist should be without a copy."
DR. LENORE WALKERCriminologists 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?
Professor at Nova Southeastern University and Forensic Psychologist
American Psychological Association Presidential Award winner
for work in feminist and forensic psychology
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.
Larry A. Morris, PhD (Tucson, AZ), is a clinical and forensic psychologist who has been in private practice for more than thirty years. He is the author of four books including The Male Heterosexual, plus book chapters in New Psychology for Men (edited by W.S. Pollack and R.F. Levant) and Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (edited by M. Hunter).