Clinical Management of Father-Daughter Incest: A Critical Reexamination

William D. Weitzel, Barbara J. Powell, Elizabeth C. Penick, Catherine Martin

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The professional literature relevant to child incest cases is reviewed. Four questions related to clinical management are examined. Although physical separation of the offending parent and child is typically recommended, there is insufficient evidence to support the belief that an incestuous relationship per se is inevitably harmful to the mental health of the child. It is suggested that exclusive focus on the sexual relationship can sometimes prevent the clinician from providing maximum assistance to the child and family. A representative case history is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)127-130
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Diseases of Children
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1978

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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