Incest in psychiatric practice: A description of patients and incestuous relationships

J. Westermeyer

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Abstract

Patients reporting incest resembled the author's other patients in age, sex, marital status, education, residence and social class. Both initiating and receptive partners were represented among these patients. In two-thirds of 32 patients, incest had occurred more than 1 yr previously. Not one clinical picture predominated. 32 patients had been involved in 42 incestuous relationships. Initiating partners, always older, included 32 men and 10 women. Coitus was the most frequent sexual activity; homosexual relations were present in 4 instances only. Adults initiating incest had usually lost access to adult sexual partners by death, divorce, illness, or marital partners' refusal to cohabit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)643-648
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Volume39
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1978

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