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NCJ Number: 121852 Find in a Library
Title: Family Background Variables Related to Sibling Incest
Author(s): I Bevc
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 29
Sponsoring Agency: York University
North York, Ontario M3J 1P3, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 1-55014-058-2
Sale Source: York University
LaMarsh Research
Programme on Violence and Conflict Resolution
Norman Bethune College, Room 216
4700 Keele Street
North York, Ontario M3J 1P3,
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This study examines family background variables related to sibling incest and attempts to ascertain whether factors associated with incest between father and daughter are relevant also to sibling incest.
Abstract: Factors associated with a higher level of incest are lower socio-economic status, family discord and separation, and social isolation. This study also investigates the Westermark hypothesis of the aetiology of sibling incest, which maintains that proximity in childhood leads to incest avoidance in adulthood. This hypothesis has been supported by studies of non-related individuals raised together as young children. This is the first test of the proximity hypothesis with actual siblings within the family unit. More than 500 individuals responded to a questionnaire asking about family background, the nature of early interactions with siblings, and the presence and extent of later sexual contacts. Respondents with sibling sexual experience tended to come from a lower socio-economic class and from crowded conditions; they also changed residence more frequently, had fewer friends, and experienced greater family discord than did respondents without sibling sexual experiences. There were indications that heterosexual incestuous behavior was more likely when siblings had a large age difference between them, and when they were not raised together as young children, but measures of proximity and physical intimacy within a household were not predictive of later sexual contacts. 24 references, 7 tables. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Incest
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Environmental influences; Family offenses; Sex offense causes
Note: LaMarsh Research Programme, Report No. 28
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