International Journal of Family Therapy

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 98–110 | Cite as

Mothers in incestuous families

  • Margot B. Zuelzer
  • Richard E. Reposa


Based on the premise that mothers in father-daughter incest families are pivotal in the incestuous bond, this article considers the incestuous mother's personality dynamics and role within the context of parent-child nuclear and extended family interaction. Such fundamental issues as separation-individuation, identification, and fear of intimacy are addressed from a developmental perspective. Patterns of functioning of mothers who are both victims and colluders are highlighted, followed by treatment implications.


Health Psychology Social Issue Extended Family Fundamental Issue Family Interaction 
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© Human Sciences Press 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Margot B. Zuelzer
    • 1
  • Richard E. Reposa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of Texas Health Science CenterSan Antonio
  2. 2.Community Guidance CenterSan Antonio

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