Incest is a social problem of major proportions affecting the lives of one in six American women. This collection of contributions from the most distinguished experts in the field examines the clinical presentations of adult patients who have suffered childhood incestuous experiences. This book explores the connections between incest and � somatoform disorders� disturbances of the self� problems in cognitive functioning� borderline psychopathology� the dissociative disorders� posttraumatic symptoms� vulnerability to revictimization
On the apparent invisibility of incest: a personal reflection on things known and forgotten. A review of the literature on the long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse. Applying to adult incest victims what we have learned from victimized children. Somatoform disorders in victims of incest and child abuse. Disturbances of "self" in victims of childhood sexual abuse. Secrets of adolescence: incest and developmental fixations. The cognitive sequelae of incest. Incest in the borderline patient. Symptoms of posttraumatic stress and dissociation in women victims of abuse. Dissociative disorders as sequelae to incest. Trauma, dissociation, and hypnosis. Incest and subsequent revictimization: the case of therapist-patient sexual exploitation, with a description of the sitting duck syndrome. Discussion.