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Incest

Treatment Incest – ETHOS HEALTH CARE

Incest is the sexual relationship between close family members and relatives.

Most of the societies do not approve of such sexual relations and thus they are seen in negative light and are taboos. These are prohibited by laws. There are some societies in which there are some relations seen but in almost all societies parent – child and sibling – sibling are absolutely unacceptable. The reasons are obvious as they are bad for religious purity, detrimental to family system and social order. In addition there are medical reasons as they can give rise to various genetic disorders.

Types of incest

  1. Between adults and children
  2. Between childhood siblings
  3. Between consenting adults
  4. Aunts, uncles, nieces or nephews
  5. Between adult siblings
  6. Cousin relationships
  7. Incest defined through marriage
  8. Inbreeding

Prevalence

Incest is more common than thought of. Common reasons why incest occurs are:

  • Psychological disorder in some family member
  • Disturbed family
  • A way to assert power or importance
  • Accidental due to earlier separation
  • Some societies do not prohibit strongly or even accept some types
  • Simple sexual reason

Effects of Incest

Commonly seen effects of incest are:

  • Low self esteem
  • Poor self development
  • Poor socialization
  • Isolation
  • Lack of development of normal sexuality
  • Legal complications
  • Medical complications in case of pregnancy