ERIC Number: ED198406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Women Who Experienced Childhood Incest: Research Findings and Therapeutic Strategies.
Courtois, Christine A.; Watts, Deborah
Recognition of the gravity of the social problem of incest in the United States, coupled with increasing demands for psychological treatment and assistance from social service agencies by incest victims and their families, has demonstrated the need for controlled research in this area. Knowledge of the effects of incest is critical to the development of appropriate and effective treatment. As part of the effort to diminish research bias and provide greater experimental rigor, a correlational study involving women who volunteered to discuss past incest experience was undertaken. Findings indicated that type and severity of reaction to incestuous involvement were idiosyncratic, i.e., dependent on the situation as experienced by the individual. Thus, the occurrence of automatic reactions to trauma-induced situations cannot be assumed. Many women described going to several therapists before finding one who would believe them, which may be related to the finding that women who sought therapy suffered more severe effects in several life spheres than those who did not seek therapy. (Author/CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cleveland State Univ., OH.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, September 1-5, 1980). Best copy available.