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Sibling Abuse: Hidden Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma

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Often excused by parents as `kids will be kids' behaviour, sibling abuse remains largely unrecognized. Symptoms of such abuse and its devastating effects on victims go undetected, victims do not receive appropriate therapeutic intervention, and transgressors do not come to the attention of the courts.

The author of this book brings this neglected area `out of the shadows' w
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Hardcover, 232 pages
Published June 6th 1997 by Sage Publications, Inc (first published 1990)
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Tess
Jan 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone with kids
Shelves: psychology
This book addresses a virtually undiscussed topic that needs to be addressed. It outlines the differences between kids being kids and kids being abusive. I thought it could have capitalized more on the difference between near-age sibling abuse (older child acting out their own trauma on his/her sibling) and abuse between siblings who are far apart in age with the older being at least a teen (typical perp/victim roles).
Mia
I was lucky to have a course with the author in graduate school several years ago and looked forward to reading his book. As Dr. Wiehe was a kind and thoughtful instructor, I am not surprised to find that his book is a thoughtful and patient introduction to the topic of sibling abuse, its forms and effects on victims and families.

Especially helpful in working with victims and families is Chapter 8, "Distinguishing Abusive Behavior from Normal Behavior"in which the author lays out guidelines for
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Csilla
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's great that there is a word for it now, and statements about what one's sister used to do is not necessarily to be dismissed by 'children are like that', 'every sibling does that'. Abusive behavior is not only hurtful in the moment, it can leave it's print on a child's mind and soul, causing longterm harm and it needs to be discussed and acknowledged and treated. I'm grateful for this book.

I feel the focus in this book is mostly on sexual abuse, but it is understandable, as other kinds of si
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Allison
This book was written after Wiehe conducted a study examining physical, emotional, and sexual abuse perpetrated by one sibling against another. It's a hard read because of the subject matter but very informative. I highly recommend this book to anyone working with survivors of trauma or students that are looking to work with people who have experienced trauma, are in prison, or have substance abuse disorders. ...more
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