PETALING JAYA - Permissive and problematic parenting contribute to the occurrence of incest, according to an expert.
Psychologist and criminologist Dr Geshina Ayu Mat Saat said that surprisingly, a mother could think it was better for her child to have sex with a family member than with a stranger.
"It is hard to believe but some parents do have such a mentality," she said in an interview yesterday.
She said there were also cases when a father would think it was his right "to have his way" with his daughter.
"There have also been cases where the father performed incest on his children on the pretext of teaching them how to have sex.
"It is unbelievable but there are twisted people out there," she revealed.
Dr Geshina, who is attached to USM's School of Health Sciences, said awareness on incest, notably on permissive relations between family members, should be addressed early on.
"Children need to know what is permitted in touching or close contact with family members.