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Abuse at the heart of the family: The challenges and complexities of sibling sexual abuse

Yates, Peter; Allardyce, Stuart


Peter Yates

Stuart Allardyce


K. Uzieblo

W. Smid

K. McCartan


Sibling sexual abuse is estimated to be the most common form of intra-familial sexual abuse, yet remains an under-researched phenomenon. It raises challenges for practitioners to recognise the abuse and to balance the competing and often conflicting needs of the children in the family. This chapter reviews the relevant literature and outlines future directions for research and practice, arguing for a whole family approach that maintains a child developmental perspective rather than responses derived from adult sex offending, and the particular significance of understanding sibling relationships.

Acceptance Date Jan 28, 2021
Online Publication Date Jan 1, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Feb 3, 2021
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Pages 51-64
Series Title Palgrave studies in risk, crime and society
Book Title Challenges in the Management of People Convicted of a Sexual Offence: A Way Forward
ISBN 978-3-030-80211-0
Keywords Siblings, Sibling abuse, Child sexual abuse, Child protection, Incest
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