Symbiotic Mother–Daughter Relationships in Incest Families
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Symbiotic Mother–Daughter Relationships in Incest FamiliesRésumé :
Discusses and illustrates, via 3 case examples, the symbiotic relationship often found between mother and daughter in incestuous families. The research literature is reviewed. The symbiosis results in an ethos in which family members are not self-defined and feel that they cannot survive without the cooperation of each other. The case examples illustrate the developmental origins of symbiosis and the instability of symbiotic relationships in incestuous families. Treatment issues addressed include recognition of the mother's need for emotional support and of her victimization and dependency, reduction of the mother's feelings of dependency, and development of the mother's parenting skills.