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"No one asked, no one told me": The impact of incest on women's work and career

LeslieBeth Berger, University of Massachusetts Amherst


The impact of incest on women's work performance and career development was studied in 41 female incest survivors and 15 nonabused women from a diverse population. The methodology was a content analysis of in-person qualitative, semi-structured interviews. Incest survivors participants reported having difficulties in academic and peer relations and difficulties in secondary schooling and more negative work experiences, including peer relations, difficulty in managing post-traumatic stress symptoms, remaining at a job, and advancing in a career. In addition to these difficulties incest survivors fell into different work group profiles: disabled, dabblers, drones, sprinters, balancer/achievers, and drivers. Childhood experiences of incest contributed to an overall negative self-schema, especially regarding work and career capabilities.

Subject Area

Academic guidance counseling|Vocational education|Womens studies|Psychology

Recommended Citation

Berger, LeslieBeth, ""No one asked, no one told me": The impact of incest on women's work and career" (1996). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9619373.