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December 1983

Correlates of Seductive Father-Daughter Relationships

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1983;40(12):1344. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1983.01790110086018

To the Editor.—  Because a number of case reports have described women whose deficits in psychosexual functioning may have resulted from prior incestuous experience with their fathers or stepfathers,1 it seems important to explore further the effects of incest on subsequent sexual functioning. However, considering the heterogeneity of various types of incest, researchers need to focus on specific and well-defined aspects of the incest situation as possible pathogenic factors. From an intuitive standpoint, variables such as the age of the daughter at time of victimization, the nature of the sexual contact, the presence of physical trauma, the quality of the relationship with the father, socioeconomic and cultural factors, and the duration and frequency of incest may be in some manner associated with outcome. The influence of such factors has received scant attention in systematic studies.I recently assessed the effect, on female nonvictims, of certain family-relationship variables that

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