• Veronica Tisza
Part of the Women in Context: Development and Stresses book series (WICO)


The dictionary definition of incest is sexual intercourse between persons too closely related to marry legally. In its restricted application, this definition would include relations between parents and their children. However, this restricted concept of incest melds into the wider concept of intrafamilial sexual abuse when one considers the frequency with which children, primarily little girls, are sexually exploited by adult members of their extended families, especially those living under the same roof. The aggressor may be a stepfather, a grandfather, an uncle, an older cousin, or any other close relative to whom the child is bound by love and trust, and by whom the child desires to be loved.


Sexual Abuse Sexual Desire Nuclear Family Sexual Exploitation Sexual Relation 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Veronica Tisza
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    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Child PsychiatryMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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