Sibling incest

Ralph J. DiClemente, Ja Nelle M. Ricks

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Incest is a taboo and a neglected social problem that has only started to receive significant attention in the United States in the last 30 years. Sibling sexual abuse has been identified as the most common form of incest; however, the origins and scope of incest are still not well understood and existing research literature is laden with definitional inconsistencies, data limitations, and inadequate research methodology. The discussion to follow in this chapter moves beyond common discourse of sibling incest as "normal" sexual exploration and explores the phenomenon as a complex combination of biological and sociological concerns and knowledge of the psychological child development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Adolescent Behavioral Problems
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781489974976
ISBN (Print)9781489974969
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • General Medicine
  • General Social Sciences


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