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What kind of person commits incest?
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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: No single predictor
Incest comes in many forms and has many causes.
In some societies, it has been acceptable behavior. Our society has a strong prohibition against--and fascination with--it, so something has to overcome that taboo. One common factor is that one or both parents were themselves sexually abused by a relative as a child. Often, it like sexual abuse broadly, is as much about power as it is about sex.

In brief: No single predictor
Incest comes in many forms and has many causes.
In some societies, it has been acceptable behavior. Our society has a strong prohibition against--and fascination with--it, so something has to overcome that taboo. One common factor is that one or both parents were themselves sexually abused by a relative as a child. Often, it like sexual abuse broadly, is as much about power as it is about sex.
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