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The aborted sibling factor: A case study


The number of abortions in the world is steadily increasing, and there are now millions of children who have survived the abortion of a sibling. There is increasing evidence that even very young children may be aware of maternal abortions despite family attempts to maintain secrecy. For those children experiencing other powerfully unresolved conflicts, the abortion of a sibling may trigger a severe reaction. A case is presented in which it gradually became clear that a 5-year-old girl's withdrawn regression was related to her mother's multiple abortions and her own fear of being destroyed through maternal aggression.

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Weiner, A.H., Weiner, E.C. The aborted sibling factor: A case study. Clin Soc Work J 12, 209–215 (1984).

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  • Young Child
  • Severe Reaction
  • Maternal Aggression
  • Unresolved Conflict
  • Multiple Abortion