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NCJ Number: 148359 Find in a Library
Title: Immediate Maternal Reactions to the Disclosure or Discovery of Incest
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:9  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1994)  Pages:21- 33
Author(s): M deYoung
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used a sample of 20 mothers in paternally incestuous families to explore their belief in their daughters' allegations, their emotional reactions to the sexual abuse, and their supportive and protective behaviors after disclosure or discovery.
Abstract: All of the women were married to the men accused of incestuously abusing their daughters; 65 percent of the men were the girls' biological father and 35 percent were the stepfather. The victims ranged in age from 3 to 18 years old. Data were gathered via life history interviews. The primary finding was that these women reacted immediately and strongly to the disclosure of paternal incest in their families, either believing or disbelieving the allegations, emotionally responding to them, and exhibiting some degree of protective behavior toward their daughters. Many of the respondents described childhoods characterized by chaos and abuse, and many were abused, physically, emotionally, and sexually, by their husbands. Compared with previous studies, this analysis found less collusion, less disbelief of the allegation of incest, more shock and outrage upon its discovery, and more protective actions on the part of the mothers. 4 tables and 42 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward victims; Domestic relations; Incest; Victims of Crime
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