2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Attitudes Toward Incest in Pre And Post-World War II America
Mary L. Williams
Dr. Thomas Zoumaras, Faculty Mentor

While it may appear on the surface that American societys ideas regarding incest remained constant for the first half of the twentieth century, there were subtle differences that characterized the first twenty and second twenty years of that period. This shift was primarily brought about by the changes in family structure that occurred during World War II and following the return home of male soldiers. This paper seeks to establish psychology and pop cultures attitudes towards incest both pre- and post-World War II and to explain why a transformation in those attitudes occurred during this particular time.

Keywords: Incest, Psychology, World War II, Pop Culture, America

Topic(s):History Senior Seminar

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 101-4
Location: MG 2001
Time: 8:45

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