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Group therapy for victims and perpetrators of incest

  • Estela Welldon

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Abuse is an inter-generational problem. Abusers have been damaged in childhood by abusive action perpetrated on them, usually by their parents but sometimes by other significant adults. At times, in becoming adults, the early emotional damage can manifest into psychopathological features, including perversions or paraphilias and perpetration of abuse against children.

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