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February 1978

Clinical Management of Father-Daughter Incest: A Critical Reexamination

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Kentucky Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Hospital, Lexington.

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(2):127-130. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120270025004

• 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)