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ERIC Number: ED354449
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 9
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The Spouse and Familial Incest: An Adlerian Perspective.
Quinn, Kathleen L.
A major component of Adlerian psychology concerns the belief in responsibility to self and others. In both incest perpetrator and spouse the basic underlying assumption of responsibility to self and others is often not present. Activities and behaviors occur in a social context and as such need to be regarded within a social context that may serve to help understand behaviors. The role of the spouse in incest has been variously described as "enabling" and "non-supportive." Incest is at once catastrophic to the victim, devastating to sibling bystanders, incapacitating to the spouse, and damaging to the perpetrator. The need for further attention to spousal dynamics in incest is overdue: the victim and perpetrator have claimed the most attention to the neglect of the spouse and her role. Spouses are often awarded sole custody of incested children and while the perpetrator may be removed from the home due to legal action, or serve time in a prison setting, the spouse remains in the home. To remove the proximal cause of incest is not sufficient to guarantee the future safety of the victim. Spousal dynamics need examination and attention to prevent further, subsequent re-incesting of the victim, or a perpetuation of the dynamics that could lead to younger siblings being victimized. (ABL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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