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NCJ Number: 168299 Find in a Library
Title: Sibling Child Sexual Abuse: Research Review and Clinical Implications (From Violence and Sexual Abuse at Home: Current Issues in Spousal Battering and Child Maltreatment, P 263-275, 1997, Robert Geffner, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-168285)
Author(s): J L Alpert
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Child sexual abuse perpetrated by siblings, cousins, or peers has received relatively little attention from researchers and practitioners.
Abstract: Although sex play is part of normal childhood development, some sexual activity may be coerced or forced and may have negative long-term consequences. Studies show prevalence rates of sibling sexual abuse vary widely, very few victims disclose their abuse, and sibling sexual abuse is underestimated. Prevalence estimates indicate 3 percent of the population has been sexually abused by a sibling, 67 percent of sibling abuse involves sexual abuse, and 12 percent of all incest involves a sibling. Available literature on sibling child sexual abuse is critically reviewed, and particular attention is paid to defining sibling sexual abuse and determining its scope and effects. Clinical implications are derived as well. Even though the article focuses on sibling sexual abuse, concepts considered in the literature review also apply to other forms of same-age child sexual relationships. The author concludes practitioners should consider the possibility that their patients have been sexually abused as children by siblings, cousins, or peers. 26 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse prevention; Child Sexual Abuse; Child victims; Crimes against children; Incest; Juvenile Sex Offenders; Sexual assault victims
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