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NCJ Number: 120357 Find in a Library
Title: Mother-Son Incest: Confronting a Prejudice
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:13  Issue:4  Dated:(1989)  Pages:563-570
Author(s): A Banning
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document examines the proposition that the incidence of child sexual abuse by female perpetrators is underestimated.
Abstract: Due to a culturally based unwillingness to believe that women commit such acts, female sexual offenders have been little studied and poorly understood. Until recently, mother-child incest was considered to be virtually nonexistent. There remains a huge discrepancy in the incidence of male and female offenders due to predisposing factors such as sex role differences, psychosexual factors, and social factors. The tentative conclusions reached are that the incidence of sexual abuse of male and female children by women is underestimated, and the changing roles of men and women in Western societies may lead to an increase in such abuse. 30 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Female deviance; Incest
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Family offenses
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