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ERIC Number: EJ838481
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8712
Intergenerational Transmission of Sexual Abuse? Motherhood in the Shadow of Incest
Lev-Wiesel, Rachel
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v15 n2 p75-101 Jul 2006
The aim of the study was to understand why the dynamic of sexual abuse is perpetuated across successive generations. A qualitative analysis was conducted on therapy session transcripts and diaries written during the therapy of 24 mothers who were survivors of incest, and whose children were the victims of incest. Four types of mothers were defined: the Unaware mother, characterized by a complete lack of cognitive knowledge of the sexual abuse occurring in her home; the Unwitting Accomplice, characterized by latent cooperation with the sexual abuse perpetrated by her husband; the Enabler, characterized by overtly or covertly encouraging her spouse in the raping of her daughter; and the Common Fate mother, characterized by sharing a common fate with her daughters.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Israel