ERIC Number: ED320054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Long-Term Psychological Consequences of Father-Daughter Incest.
Randolph, Mickey; Nagle, Richard J.
This study compared the personality profiles of 30 women who had been incestuously abused as children with a matched comparison group of 30 nonabused women. Women in the incest group self-reported sexual abuse before age 18 by a father or stepfather. Sexual abuse was broadly defined to encompass a range of sexual activities from exhibitionism to sexual intercourse. All subjects completed the California Personality Inventory (CPI) which provides information regarding vocational, educational, social, and familial issues, as well as delinquent and asocial behaviors. Results indicated that incest subjects scored lower on the overall scales of the CPI. Regarding the individual scores, women who had experienced sexual abuse tended to score lower in the areas of sociability, socialization, social presence, self-acceptance, communality, and psychological mindedness. Women who had experienced more intrusive types of sexual abuse (i.e., sexual intercourse) were more likely to indicate problems with self-acceptance and self-confidence in social settings. Women who were incestuously abused at younger ages were more likely to experience internal conflicts and an inability to empathize with others. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (20th, Chicago, IL, April 5-10, 1988).