THE FEMALE EXPERIENCE OF SIBLING INCEST

Margaret M. Canavan, Walter Meyer, Deborah C. Higgs

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Abstract

The occurrence of sibling incest is underrecognized, and its impact is debated. Professionals may be inadequately sensitized to its occurrence since it is considered less traumatic to victims than other forms of incest and assigning responsibility in such contact between minors is difficult. Survivors may be unlikely to reveal such a history because of guilt and shame. Four case presentations of females who expereinced sibling incest illustrate problem areas, including issues of enforced secrecy, interpersonal power differentials, influences on sexual development, individual aftereffects, disturbance in family dynamics, and genderbased differences in relationship styles. Recommendations for identification and treatment are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-142
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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