The author ascertained the frequency of reports of a history of incest
among the 18 female psychiatric outpatients he first evaluated or treated
in a one-year period. Six of these patients (33%) reported a history of
incest. The author suggests that if this figure reflects actual prevalence,
previous estimates of a history of incest among female psychiatric patients
may have been mistakenly low. He discusses the implications and limitations
of the statistics.