• 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.
(Am J Dis Child 132:127-130, 1978)
Weitzel WD, Powell BJ, Penick EC, Martin C. Clinical Management of Father-Daughter Incest: A Critical Reexamination. Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(2):127–130. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120270025004
Coronavirus Resource Center
Customize your JAMA Network experience by selecting one or more topics from the list below.
Create a personal account or sign in to: