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NCJ Number: 74948 Find in a Library
Title: Incest
Author(s): J P J Dussich; B D Lee; C L Morgan; J B Taylor
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 31
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper focuses on incest in the United States, specifically on father-daughter incest, discussing the effects of the relationship on its victims; a successful California incest treatment program is also described.
Abstract: The behavioral, criminological, and legal aspects of incest in the United States are explored, and ambiguities of legal definitions and the lack of uniformity among States in prosecuting offenders are noted. Accurate statistics on the incidence of this offense are not available. Available data are chiefly projections of known cases, complaints, and prosecutions. Father-daughter incestuous relationships appear to be the most frequent type of incest occurring in the United States. The behavior is known to cause harmful, long lasting effects on the victims, who have a tendency to become emotionally disturbed, deviant women who are incapable of normal sexual interaction within a loving man-woman relationship. The incestuous father is often an apparently normal, law abiding citizen; his wife frequently allows or even encourages the incestuous relationship. One of the few incest intervention programs in this country, the Child Sexual Abuse Treatment Center in Santa Clara County, California, features a multifaceted approach based on humanist psychology, Gestalt theory, and the psychosynthesis theory to foster positive family interaction and to reduce the emotional impact of incest upon all parties involved. A total of 39 references are appended.
Index Term(s): California; Child Sexual Abuse; Family offenses; Incest; Right to trial by jury
Note: Presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Conference, November 1978
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