Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 19, Issue 4, pp 391–403 | Cite as

Clinical assessment of mother-son sexual abuse

  • Christine Lawson


This paper explores the possibility that cases of mother-son incest are underreported in the literature on child sexual abuse. Clinical cases of mother-son incest are presented and factors which may account for an underreporting of such cases are discussed. A cultural bias viewing mothers as asexual and males as sexual aggressors is suggested as the primary reason that cases of maternal sexual abuse are rarely identified or reported. Guidelines are provided for clinical assessment of possible cases of mother-son sexual abuse.


Sexual Abuse Clinical Assessment Clinical Case Primary Reason Child Sexual Abuse 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Lawson
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  1. 1.Department of Child Development and Family StudiesPurdue UniversityWest Lafayette

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