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Title: Characteristics of Fathers in Incest Families
Journal: Journal of Interpersonal Violence  Volume:9  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1994)  Pages:155-169
Author(s): R F Hanson; J A Lipovsky; B E Saunders
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of the Navy
Washington, DC 20350
Contract Number: N00612-87-M-7553
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated whether differences in family of origin, current family functioning, and psychological adjustment were related to a previous history of child sexual abuse (CSA) in perpetrators of father-child incest.
Abstract: It was hypothesized that perpetrators with a history of CSA would be more likely to report dysfunctional families of origin, more problems in their current family systems, and more psychological symptoms than nonabused perpetrators. Study subjects included 74 male perpetrators of incest who were referred from community mental health centers, law enforcement agencies, child protection agencies, private practitioners, and a U.S. Navy family service center. Each family completed an assessment battery that included the Family Environment Scale, the Family of Origin Scale, the Symptom Checklist-90-Revised, and the 16 Personality Factors Questionnaire-Form C. Results showed that about 25 percent of father perpetrators reported a history of childhood victimization and that CSA was related to dysfunctional families of origin. Abused offenders had more problematic relationships with their parents and more clinically significant disturbances with their fathers. No significant differences, however, were obtained on measures of function in the family of procreation, personality profiles, or psychological symptoms. Regardless of abuse history, perpetrators reported more dysfunctional families and more psychological symptoms than normal. 34 references and 4 tables
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Child Sexual Abuse; Families of crime victims; Incest; Juveniles; Male offenders; Psychological influences on crime; Psychological research; Sex offenders; Sexual assault victims
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