Lifestyles

, Volume 8, Issue 2, pp 104–114

The effects of mother-son incest

Authors

  • Leslie Margolin
    • Cornell University
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01553341

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Margolin, L. J Fam Econ Iss (1985) 8: 104. doi:10.1007/BF01553341

Abstract

Parsons has popularized the myth that mother-son incest is the most damaging form of incest. A review of sixteen cases casts doubts on this belief. It was found that responses to this type of incest are multi-dimensional, representing an extraordinary range of behavior not foreseen by Parsons. This leads to the conclusion that motherson incest does not trigger some innate biological response, but that the effects are more directly related to the symbolic meanings attributed to this act by the participants.

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© Human Sciences Press 1986