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Sibling abuse trauma : assessment and intervention strategies for children, families, and adults
Caffaro, John V.
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New York : Haworth Maltreatment and Trauma Press, [1998]

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xiv, 303 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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RJ507.S53 C34 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Sibling Abuse Trauma will enhance your knowledge of assessment and clinical intervention strategies for treating intersibling abuse trauma in children, families, and adults. This informative book features: an overview of sibling relationship development, sibling physical assault, incest, and psychological maltreatment individual and systemic risk factors gender differences traumatic effects clinical case studies and interviews a sibling abuse assessment schedule specific sibling-oriented interventions

Due to the lack of research specifically focused on sibling abuse issues, there is a gap in the training and education of abuse trauma professionals. Sibling Abuse Trauma is an innovative book that focuses not only on sibling incest, but also on sibling physical assault and psychological maltreatment from a survivor's perspective.

The authors utilize critical and empirical findings and rich case examples to illustrate how sibling abuse affects individual and family development, making further research and education in this area imperative. Whether you incorporate these findings into your clinical practice or become inspired to conduct your own research, Sibling Abuse Trauma will improve your understanding of how to treat and evaluate individuals and families with sibling abuse-related concerns.

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Though well known throughout the culture for a considerable period of time, maltreatment by siblings has generated little scholarly or clinical attention. The purposes of this book are to enhance practitioners' knowledge about sibling abuse and to stimulate dialogue between clinicians and researchers in order to encourage innovations in the treatment of sibling assault and incest. After a review of the literature on sibling relations from a life-span perspective, the authors examine the impact of growing up in an abusive family system. Detailed discussions of sibling incest and assault follow, and then the authors focus on assessment and clinical intervention. A comprehensive family-based interview is described (and presented in its entirety in an appendix), whereby the dynamics of sibling assault and incest can be evaluated prior to intervention. The recognition of cultural influences and the adoption of an ecological approach are encouraged as the interventionist is enjoined to seek understanding of the individuals by first understanding the dynamic systems in which they exist. The utility of this framework is demonstrated through presentations of specific intervention strategies that might be employed with families of diverse structural characteristics, patterns of risk, and protective mechanisms. Highly recommended for upper-division undergraduates through professionals. R. B. Stewart Jr. Oakland University