ERIC Number: ED274936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Dynamics of Father-Daughter Incestuous Experiences of College Undergraduates.
Information regarding the dynamics of incestuous families is greatly needed as long as misconceptions hamper attempts at prevention and intervention. Helping professionals need to be aware of the prevalence of incest, to be able to identify victims, and to devise therapeutic approaches to help both victim and offender. This study examined the incidence of incest. Subjects (n=135) were female college freshmen ranging in age from 18 to 53. A questionnaire about incestuous relationships was completed by the subjects after they were assured of anonymity and confidentiality. Approximately 24%, or 32 respondents, had experienced an incestuous relationship. In 21 of the 32 cases, victimization (defined as the use of overt or covert force or an age difference of 10 years or greater) was used. In 17 cases force was used, in 13 cases the age difference was 10 years or greater, and in 9 cases force and age differences were both present. The remaining 11 experiences could have been experimentation or instances outside the criteria. The degree of trauma was related to the degree of control exerted on the perceived victim. Trauma resulting from an experience involving victimization is compounded by multiple experiences. This research points to the need to publicize that incest does exist, and to create an environment in which victims can feel more secure in seeking assistance. (ABL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Los Angeles, CA, April 20-23, 1986).