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CBC Radio – The Current

Hear playwright Lorene Stanwick, along with two other survivors of sibling abuse, in discussion with Anna Maria Tremonti.

     'I'm still petrified of her', sibling bullying and its lasting effects (May 31/16)


The discussion that prompted the segment above. CBC received so many letters, they invited Lorene and two other respondents to share their stories.

     “Sibling bullying has the greatest impact”  (May 13/16)

     Sibling Bullying and Risk of Depression, Anxiety, and Self-Harm: A Prospective Cohort Study The research discussed

The Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women & Children

     Sibling Violence An excellent well-researched and comprehensive newsletter from The University of Western Ontario   

Dr. Vernon Wiehe, author of several books about sibling abuse 

Dr. Vernon Wiehe is the author of ten books in the field of family violence, specifically violence between siblings. He has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs discussing sibling abuse and has lectured throughout the United States and abroad.

     Radio interview with Dr. Wiehe - includes abuse vs. rivalry, prevalence, prevention, and the importance of listening to - and believing  - children. 

     A list of Dr. Wiehe's books

     Sibling Abuse: Hidden Physical, Emotional, and Sexual Trauma by Dr. Vernon Wiehe

When the Bully Is a Sibling

A 2013 study of 3600 children led by Dr. Corinna Jenkins Tucker from the University of New Hampshire, found that a third of the children in the study reported being victimized by a brother or sister in the previous year, and their scores were higher on measures of anxiety, depression and anger. 

"Catherine Bradshaw, an expert on bullying and the deputy director of the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence at Johns Hopkins University, said the study was impressive in its scope and scale, and noted that it showed that all types of sibling aggression, from mild to severe, were associated with worse mental health." (The full report was published in the Journal of Paediatrics.)

Other resources

     Abuse Hurts (Canadian Centre for Abuse) eZine  Includes articles by playwright Lorene Stanwick 

     'It Was Definitely About Power': The Horrendous, Hidden Impact of Sibling Abuse  VICE explores the issue

     A concise resource  from the University of Michigan Health System

     Sibling Sexual Abuse: A Guide for Parents   A publication by the Public Health Agency of Canada

     Good sibling abuse information  including examples by survivors

     Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study  Important research on the mental and physical health long-term impact of early trauma 

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