Incest Taboo: Definition & Overview


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Which of these sets of relatives are prohibited from sexual relations according to the incest taboo?

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1. Which of the following is true about children that result from inbreeding?

2. According to the indifference or revulsion theory, what causes someone to be sexually repulsed by another?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet set help you assess your understanding of the theories that explain the origins of the incest taboo. Passing the quiz requires you to be familiar with such topics as inbreeding and the social and cultural systems theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Utilize these study tools to gauge your knowledge of:

  • Definition of incest taboo
  • Genetic problems for children born of inbreeding
  • Indifference or revulsion theory
  • Social and cultural systems theory

Skills Practiced

Practice these skills when you work through the quiz and worksheet:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about potential genetic problems for children that are the result of inbreeding
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as indifference or revulsion theory and social and cultural systems theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the sets of relatives barred from sexual relations due to the incest taboo

Additional Learning

Learn more about this subject, complete the accompanying lesson called Incest Taboo: Definition & Overview. That lesson delves into the following objectives:

  • Define incest taboo
  • Recognize the inbreeding theory and the genetic repercussions for children born as a result of incest
  • Explore the indifference or revulsion theory and how it applies to more than just close relatives
  • Discover how the social and cultural system theory shows choice of marriage partners as a way to increase resources and support