5 out 5 times The odds of a parent and child having an incest relationship are extremely low, according to research published in the British Medical Journal.
Researchers looked at the number of cases of incest in the UK between 1990 and 2015 and compared them with the number in the US and the UK.
The results showed that only 1.8% of cases had a father and 3.9% a mother.
“In the UK, where incest is rare, there are many children who are born to same-sex couples and are raised by their parents,” said lead author Dr Jennifer Mearns, from the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychology.
“These are the children of parents who have been in an incestuous relationship, which could include same-gender sexual relations or same-parenting.”
Dr Mearnes added that the data showed that children who were raised by both parents were more likely to be raised in an environment where a father is in the relationship with his partner than the opposite.
She said: “Although many couples in the United Kingdom have experienced some kind of incest, there has been little research on the impact of this on children’s development.”
Children who are raised in a relationship with both parents are more likely than those raised by same- gender parents to have more problems in school and to have lower levels of self-esteem and psychological wellbeing.
“It comes as the US Congress is set to consider a bill that would ban incest as a criminal offence.
The legislation would ban same- sex marriage in the country and require children of gay parents to undergo “abnormal DNA tests”.
It would also make it illegal to force a child to marry another person.
There are currently no such laws in the U.S.
However, in the last few years, there have been a number of reports in the media about children of same–sex parents being sexually abused.”
Research shows that there is a high risk of physical and sexual abuse in these families, particularly among children who have experienced sexual abuse at an early age,” Dr Mearn said.”
While some parents may have been the perpetrators of abuse, it is important to remember that many children are abused by their own parents and other family members.
“She added: “The vast majority of children who experience abuse are sexually abused in their parents’ relationship, and many of these abuse is not recognised by the law.
“This should change as more children are raised with same- parenting as they become more aware of the importance of being safe.”