Seductive father-daughter relationships and sex roles in women

Vanderbilt University
Sex Roles (Impact Factor: 1.47). 10/1984; 11(9):941-951. DOI: 10.1007/BF00287821

ABSTRACT The present study evaluated the relationship of three variables reportedly characteristic of families in which father-daughter incest occurs to women's sex-role functioning and attitudes toward heterosexual interactions. The results showed that a sexualized father-daughter relationship was correlated with negative male traits (e.g., arrogance), low levels of positive female traits (emotionality), and negative attitudes toward male sexuality and female competitiveness. Discord in the parental marriage was associated with positive female traits and negatively with attributions of danger to male sexuality. Low levels of paternal encouragement of autonomy correlated with negative female traits (spinelessness, subordination to others) and low positive masculine traits (competitiveness). The implications of the findings to our understanding of incest are discussed.

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    Sex Roles 36(5):305-325. · 1.47 Impact Factor
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