E.E.G. and Personality Factors in Baby BatterersBr Med J 1973; 3 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.3.5870.20 (Published 07 July 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;3:20
- Selwyn M. Smith,
- Leo Honigsberger,
- Carol A. Smith
Out of 35 parents who battered their children eight had an abnormal E.E.G. All of these were found to be psychopathic, of low intelligence, and to be persistent batterers. The presence of an abnormal E.E.G. strongly suggests that some baby batterers are more closely related to those who commit acts of violence and that taken as a whole they are not a homogenous group about whom it is safe to generalize. The possibility of a separate subgroup among baby batterers, therefore, needs close attention.