Psychiatric Aspects of Incest Involving Juveniles

  • Sheldon Travin
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


This chapter will focus on the psychiatric aspects of an extremely broad, intriguing, and ultimately enigmatic subject: incest. Even the contradictory etymological origins of the word incest reflect its essential mystery. Incest is believed to derive both from the Latin castus meaning “pure, chaste,” and from incestus meaning “impure, immodest, lewd.” Yet another linguistic interpretation traces the word back to the latin word cestus, used both to described girdle (of Venus), and to mean capable of arousing love.1


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  • Sheldon Travin
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryBronx-Lebanon Hospital CenterBronxUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronxUSA

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