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The concept of family from a woman-mother victim of incest / A concepção de família de uma mulher-mãe de vítimas de incesto

Author(s): Martha Giudice Narvaz | Sílvia Helena Koller

Journal: Psicologia : Reflexão e Crítica
ISSN 0102-7972

Volume: 19;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 395;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Family | patriarchal | violence | gender | discourse

The aim of this study was to explore the patriarchal discourses that are still presently registered in the concepts of family. The participant was a woman-mother, victim of violence during her childhood and adult life, whose daughters were victims of incest. The case study was based on semi-structured interviews. Discursive Analysis showed that patriarchal values correspond to the participant's concept of family. Her concept of family revealed to be an idealized nuclear, monogamy, patriarchal and bourgeois model of family, even though this model has not effectively been experienced by her. Since the data was obtained from only one case, new investigations are recommended. We intend to question the hegemonic patriarchal model of family that still endures in our society, whose imperatives have been associated to the dynamics of violent and incestuous families.
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