The Middle Tennessee State University researchers had 202 college students with siblings fill out questionnaires about themselves and their families as well as scales designed to assess verbal and physical aggression within their parental and sibling relationships, the amount of childhood emotional abuse that occurred between them and their siblings and some aspects of their current relationships (excluding siblings and parents).
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 and 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. Thirty-two percent, when specifically asked, reported having been emotionally abused by their siblings.
Presentation: "Characteristics of Abusive Sibling Relationships and Correlations with Later Relationships" by Carol D. Wilson and Mary Ellen Fromuth, Ph.D., Middle Tennessee State University., Murfreesboro, TN, Session 5017, 9:00 AM, Tuesday, August 19, Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, River Exhibition Hall.
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