SibAbuse - Sibling Abuse: Awareness and Prevention Sibling...

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Sibling Abuse: Awareness and Prevention • Sibling abuse may be the greatest unrecognized form of abuse that affects children. • A study of 202 college students with siblings found that a large majority of the participants (65 percent) reported that they had experienced very severe physical abuse, such as being kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or choked at the hands of their siblings. 60 percent reported inflicting severe physical abuse upon a sibling. Seventeen percent reported receiving injuries, with four percent reporting seeing a physician and two percent reporting being hospitalized due to the injuries. • Yet, only 21 percent considered themselves to have been physically abused as a child by a sibling.
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When specifically asked, 32% reported having been emotionally abused by their siblings. Dr. Vernon Wiehe, author of Perilous Rivalry: When Siblings Become Abusive : As many as 53 out of every 100 children abuse a brother or sister, higher than the percentage of adults who abuse their children or their spouse.
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Warning Signs of Sibling Abuse This is a list of symptoms or warning signs that abuse is taking place or may have taken place. These are generally encountered in magnified proportions. Failure to thrive Phobias or irrational/inexplicable fears Weight loss/gain Anxiety and/or depression Listlessness Phobias or irrational/inexplicable fears Personal space/privacy issues Difficulty with authority Passivity Low self-esteem Nightmares Anger Emotional outbursts Frequent illness Withdrawal Sympathy issues Difficulty sleeping / insomnia or fear of the dark
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What Conditions May Put Children At More Risk for Sibling Abuse? Lack of in-house parental monitoring Blended families, especially with older half-siblings
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Sibling Rivalry or Sibling Abuse? The Following Information was obtained from Sasian.org, a web site focusing on sibling abuse. What some kids do to their brother or sister inside the family would be called assault outside the family. • As parents, we may be tempted to ignore fighting and quarreling between children. • We may view these activities as a normal part of growing up. We say, "Kids will be kids" or "They'll grow out of it." • However, thousands of adult survivors of sibling abuse tell of the far-reaching negative effects that such unchecked behavior has had on them as children and adults. • Sibling abuse, as all forms of human abuse, may be physical, emotional or sexual.
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Emotional abuse is present in all forms of sibling abuse. It may include teasing, name calling, belittling, ridiculing, intimidating, annoying, and provoking. Physical abuse ranges from hitting, biting, and slapping to more life-threatening
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