An Exploration of the Relationship between Experiences with Sibling Abuse and Peer Bullying: a Pilot Study

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This paper uses peer reviewed research and a comprehensive literature review to highlight some of connections and similarities between experience with sibling abuse and experience with peer bullying. Specifically, an altered version of the Conflict Tactics Scale (Straus Journal of Marriage and the Family, 41, 75-88, 1979) was used to empirically explore the potential relationship between experience with peer bullying as a survivor or perpetrator, and experience with sibling abuse as a survivor or perpetrator. The results of Person's product moment correlations indicate there is a significant relationship between surviving sibling abuse and surviving peer bullying, as well as perpetrating sibling abuse and perpetrating peer bullying. In addition to a discussion of the details of the study conducted, clinical considerations for interventions, training, research and prevention are discussed.

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Morrill, M., Bachman, C., Polisuk, B. et al. An Exploration of the Relationship between Experiences with Sibling Abuse and Peer Bullying: a Pilot Study. Journ Child Adol Trauma 11, 113–120 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-017-0156-x

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Keywords

  • Sibling abuse
  • Peer bullying
  • Familial violence
  • Trauma
  • Child abuse