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Incest is not a commonly researched topic in counseling literature. This lack of research may be due to the inherent taboo of the topic. Across cultures, incest is one of the most universally taboo concepts. Despite the taboo nature of incest, culturally inappropriate sexual activity still occurs within families. Marriage, couple, and family counselors may be confronted with clients who disclose childhood sexual abuse in the form of incest or may be presented with an entire family that discloses incestuous behaviors. This entry addresses the taboo nature of incest, provides an overview of current research, and discusses clinical implications for addressing incest in family therapy as well as future directions for research.

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Incest involves culturally inappropriate sexual activity or marriage between individuals who may be ...

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