Second-generation effects of incest: a phenomenological exploration of the lives of the daughters of survivors
The experience of being the daughter of an incest survivor was explored, using a phenomenological approach. Of the six participants, two know that they were not sexually abused themselves; two had been sexually abused by family members, one wonders if she was, and one was molested by her mother's partner. Explication of the verbatim transcriptions of audio-taped interviews suggested that for these women the essential structure of the experience involved a perceived maternal failure to grow up, harmful mother-daughter interactions during childhood, and relationship difficulties as adults. Examination of relational patterns on the part of the mother and the daughter's responses to those patterns revealed disaffection toward the mother, complications in differentiation and integration of a negative view of self. Mitigating influences included the father, the daughter becoming a mother herself, the daughter's pursuit of healing and the mother's disclosure of the incest history.
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