Biopsychosocial impacts in pregnancy among victims of incest

David E. Prasetya, Dwiana Ocviyanti

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Incest, a form of child sexual abuse, is a public health concern that has been commonly neglected and concealed. Factors such as inadequate communication skills to recognize the victim and the social inability to manage reports of suspected child sexual abuse may be responsible for this neglect. Global information may play a primary role in influencing sexual content. Victims’ silence, and cultural and societal stigma exacerbate the problem. Pregnancy due to incest results in biopsychosocial impacts, thus creating a burden some global health problem. This paper explores a holistic approach from the biological, psychological, and social aspects of 34-week teenage pregnancy and intrauterine fetal death case.In the case illustrated in this paper, an 18-year-old pregnant woman was admitted to Ciptoangunkusumo Hospital. She had suffered preterm labor when 34 weeks pregnant, which resulted in intrauterine fetal death. During the pregnancy, it was discovered that she had a history of forced sexual intercouse with her stepfather until she became pregnant. Her mother was too afraid to report it at first, but as her daughter’s pregnancy progressed, the mother reported the matter and the father was eventually arrested. According to previous literature, family incest is rarely reported. Generally, children are the victims of rape; in particular, the perpetrators of this sexual violence are fathers and the victims, their daughters. Psychologically, sexual violence or rape destroys the mentality of the victim. Incest is rarely reported to the authorities because of the fear of tarnishing the family name and having a criminal record.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationObstetric and Gynecology Case Report
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781536167122
ISBN (Print)9781536167115
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Family incest
  • Impact incest pregnancy


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