Maternal support following disclosure of incest

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1989 Apr;59(2):197-207. doi: 10.1111/j.1939-0025.1989.tb01651.x.


The level of maternal support to incest victims following disclosure was found to be more closely related to perpetrator than to child characteristics. Lack of maternal support was significantly associated with foster placement and higher psychopathology scores in a clinical interview. Evidence is presented challenging the validity of maternal behavioral reports in assessments of incest victims.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Age Factors
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology*
  • Family
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incest*
  • Male
  • Maternal Behavior*
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Social Environment*
  • Social Support*
  • Truth Disclosure