Characteristics of parents of adolescent incest perpetrators: Preliminary findings

Meg S. Kaplan, Judith V. Becker, Jerry Cunningham-Rathner

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Twenty-seven parents of adolescent incest perpetrators were interviewed regarding demographic characteristics, prior victimization and abuse, and attitudes about their sons engaging in incestuous behavior. Results indicated that these parents: (a) under-reported physical and sexual abuse of their sons, (b) had a high incidence of being abused themselves, and (c) demonstrate a high level of denial regarding their sons' incestuous behaviors as reflected by the finding that only 50% of the parents totally admitted to their son's incestuous behavior(s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-191
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Family Violence
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • adolescents
  • incest
  • parents
  • sex offenders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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