International Journal of Family Therapy

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 70-80

First online:

An historical perspective of incest

  • Alberto C. SerranoAffiliated withCommunity Guidance Center
  • , David W. GunzburgerAffiliated withCommunity Guidance Center

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Incest has been documented in most civilizations and for as long as can be remembered. This article begins with a brief historical overview of incest across cultures and times. The second part includes a review of several theories that place the significance of the incest taboo in an historical continuum.