Sibling child sexual abuse research review and clinical implications

Judith L. Alpert

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Although sex play is a part of normal childhood development, some sexual activity may be coerced or forced and may have negative long-term consequences and, thus, be considered abusive. However, childhood sexual abuse perpetrated by siblings, cousins, or peers receives relatively little attention from either researchers or practitioners. In the present article, the literature on sibling child sexual abuse is critically reviewed, and particular attention is focused on defining sibling sexual abuse, and determining its scope and effects. Clinical Implications are derived as well. Although the article focuses on sibling sexual abuse, the concepts considered here also apply to other forms of same-age (or near same-age) child sexual relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)263-275
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 25 1997


  • Child maltreatment
  • Domestic violence
  • Incest
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Professions (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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