A comparison of mothers of adolescent incest vs. non-incest perpetrators

Meg S. Kaplan, Judith V. Becker, Douglas F. Martinez

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One hundred and thirty mothers of adolescent sexual perpetrators were interviewed. Mothers of incest perpetrators (n = 48) were compared to mothers of non-incest perpetrators (n = 82). Results indicated that significantly more mothers of incest perpetrators reported having been physically and sexually abused, having a sexual dysfunction, and having been in prior psychotherapy. With regard to their sons, a higher percentage of mothers of incest perpetrators reported that they believed their son had committed the sexual offense, was in need of treatment, and had a history of being physically abused. Additionally, a significantly lower percentage of incest perpetrators had involvement with the juvenile justice system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-214
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescent sexual perpetrators
  • incest
  • parents

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law


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