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NCJ Number: 229802 Find in a Library
Title: High Risk Behaviors Among Victims of Sibling Violence
Journal: Journal of Family Violence  Volume:25  Issue:2  Dated:February 2010  Pages:131-140
Author(s): Deeanna M. Button; Roberta Gealt
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 10
Document: HTML (Publisher Site)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between sibling violence and high-risk behaviors by estimating the prevalence of sibling abuse, and explored whether the relationship between sibling abuse and other forms of family violence could predict high-risk behaviors.
Abstract: Despite the fact that sibling abuse has been documented as the most common form of intrafamilial abuse, it has been largely overlooked. Using data from the 2007 Delaware Secondary School Student Survey (N = 8,122), this paper focuses on four objectives: to estimate prevalence of sibling abuse, examine the relationship between sibling violence and high risk behaviors such as substance use, delinquency and aggression, explore the interplay of sibling abuse and other forms of family violence in predicting high risk behaviors, and test theory. Results suggest that sibling violence occurs more frequently than other forms of child abuse. Results also confirm that sibling violence is significantly related to substance use, delinquency, and aggression. These effects remain significant after controlling for other forms of family violence. The data suggest support for feminist theory and social learning theory. Tables and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Domestic assault
Index Term(s): Adolescent chemical dependency; Adolescents at risk; Delaware; Domestic relations; Family offenses; Filial violence; Sibling influences on behavior; Social Learning
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