The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women

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The study on which this book is based began in April 1977. Eight years later, hundreds of people have helped in widely varying capacities. Many have already been thanked in my first book to come from this study-- Rape in Marriage ( 1982), as well as in my second-- Sexual, Exploitation ( 1984). While I will remain ever grateful to them, I will mention by name here only those who have assisted me with The Secret Trauma.

The data-gathering phase of my research on incest was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (Grant RO1MH28960). Analysis of the interviews on child sexual abuse was partially funded by the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (Grant 90-CA-813/01). I am grateful to both agencies for recognizing the merits of this research and for funding it. Without their support this ambitious undertaking would have been impossible. I am also grateful to those responsible for obtaining generous speaking honoraria for me; my research depended on these sources when my funding from NCCAN ran out. A small faculty grant from Mills College also helped pay for the preparation of the final manuscript.

Karen Trocki, Ph.D., has been the research analyst for this project since 1979. She has played an indispensable role in all phases and aspects of the quantitative analysis. She plotted the graphs included in this book and conducted the analysis of the changes in incestuous abuse over time as well as the regression analyses and all the other more routine runs. In addition, she wrote first drafts of a section of the methodology chapter and of the interpretation of one regression analysis. I am deeply grateful to her for her commitment to this ongoing research project despite the sometimes inconvenient timing, as well as for her skill and understanding of my complex data base.

I am also indebted to Nancy Howell for her assistance with the cohort analysis of incestuous abuse and extrafamilial child sexual abuse, to Bill Wells for his contribution to the computer programming in the early phases of this research, and to Eda Regan, the reference librarian at Mills College, for her help.

The coding of the qualitative data was done with great care and competence by Jan Dennie and Chantal Rohlfing. Jan Dennie also did an excellent job of keying into the word processor many drafts of this manuscript. Her


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