Features of Violence in Sibling Relations: a Comparative Analysis of Domestic and Foreign Publications



The article presents the results of a qualitative analysis of scientific publications on the problem of violence in sibling relations on domestic and foreign information platforms. It is shown that the problem of violence in sibling relationships has been studied for about 100 years and has a rich history and a wide study space. Unfortunately, among the scientific publications on the problem under consideration, there is an insufficient number of domestic studies. The data obtained made it possible to identify areas of study of the problem and conduct a qualitative comparative analysis of the text material, including the names of articles, their annotations and the text of open access articles. The study identifies the following main areas of consideration of violence among siblings: characteristics of violence (personal characteristics of siblings and their relationships); forms of violence (physical, sexual, psychological, etc.); the health effects of violence on siblings (ranging from bruises, bites to death); methods of psychological assistance and diagnosis of violence (methods of assistance, diagnostic tools and their sensitivity to the study of the problem); factors of violence among siblings (biological, psychological, social, etc.); intergenerational transmission of domestic violence (mechanisms of transmission and features of manifestation), the influence of violence among siblings on relations with others (social space of siblings). As special topics for the study of violence among siblings, the following are highlighted: crimes between siblings; sibling violence during the pandemic; the innocuous perception of violence among siblings; violence among siblings in movies; religious aspects of Sibling violence. Comparative analysis made it possible to establish the dominant problems and their interrelation, as well as the place of violence in sibling relationships in the development of their personality, family space, in personal life, as well as in relations with the social environment.

General Information

Keywords: violence, siblings, sibling relations, family, qualitative analysis

Journal rubric: Safety and Law

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/ssc.2022030206

Received: 24.11.2022


For citation: Zhmurin I.E., Korneichik I.V. Features of Violence in Sibling Relations: a Comparative Analysis of Domestic and Foreign Publications [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sotsial’nye nauki i detstvo = Social Sciences and Childhood, 2022. Vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 90–106. DOI: 10.17759/ssc.2022030206. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


1.                 Dmitrieva O.A., Fedchenko T.M., Avetisjan A.S., Daniljak T.A. Mediko-juridicheskie aspekty vnu­trisemejnogo nasilija [Medical and legal aspects of intra-family violence]. Tihookeanskij medicinskij zhurnal = Pacific Medical Journal, 2010, no. 1, pp. 85—88. (In Russ.).

2.                 Kvale S. Issledovatel’skoe interv’ju [Research interview]. Moscow: Smysl [Sense], 2003. 301 p. (In Russ.).

3.                 Mitchell Dzh. Skrytaja zhizn’ brat’ev i sester: Ugrozy i travmy [The hidden life of brothers and sisters: Threats and traumas] translated from Engl. Moscow: Kogito-Centr, 2020. 343 p. (In Russ.).

4.                 Abramovitch H. The Neglect of Siblings in Depth Psychology. The San Francisco Jung Institute Library Journal, 2005. Vol. 24:2, pp. 17—30. DOI:10.1525/jung.1.2005.24.2.17

5.                 Alaggia R., Collin-Vézina D., Lateef R. Facilitators and Barriers to Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) Disclo­sures: A Research Update (2000—2016). Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 2019. Vol. 20(2), pp. 260—283. DOI:10.1177/1524838017697312

6.                 Ascherman L.I., Safier E.J. Sibling incest: a consequence of individual and family dysfunction. Bulle­tin of the Menninger Clinic, 1990, no. 54(3), pp. 311—322.

7.                 Bensussan P. Aliénation parentale, abus psychologique de l’enfant et DSM-5 [Parental alienation, child psychological abuse and DSM-5]. L’Encephale, 2017, no. 43(6), pp. 510—515. DOI:1016/j.en­cep.2017.08.003

8.                 Fakunmoju S.B., Bammeke F.O. Development of Perception of Child Maltreatment Scale: Reliability and Validity Analyses. SAGE Open, 2013, no. 2(3). DOI:10.1177/2158244013490703

9.                 Finkelhor D., Ormrod R.K., Turner H.A., Hamby S.L. Measuring poly-victimization using the Juvenile Victimization Questionnaire. Child abuse & neglect, 2005. Vol. 29(11), pp. 1297—1312. DOI:10.1016/j. chiabu.2005.06.005

10.              Finkelhor D., Turner H.A., Shattuck A., Hamby S.L. Prevalence of Childhood Exposure to Violence, Crime, and Abuse: Results From the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence. JAMA pediat­rics, 2015, no. 169(8), pp. 746—754.

11.              Foster H., Brooks-Gunn J. Toward a Stress Process Model of Children’s Exposure to Physical Family and Community Violence. Clin Child Fam Psychol, 2009, no. 12, pp. 71—94. DOI:10.1007/s10567-009- 0049-0

12.              Frisell T., Lichtenstein P., Långström N. Violent crime runs in families: a total population study of 12.5 million individuals. Psychological medicine, 2011, no. 41(1), pp. 97—105. DOI:10.1017/ S0033291710000462

13.              Holmes W.C. Men’s self-definitions of abusive childhood sexual experiences, and potentially re­lated risky behavioral and psychiatric outcomes. Child abuse & neglect, 2008, no. 32(1), pp. 83—97. DOI:10.1016/j.chiabu.2007.09.005

14.              Hudson G.R., Bowie B.H. Developing a screening tool to identify harmful sibling aggression in a primary care setting. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 2020, no. 33(7), pp. 506—513. DOI:10.1097/JXX.0000000000000395

15.              Ingram K.M., Espelage D.L., Davis J.P., Merrin G.J. Family Violence, Sibling, and Peer Aggression During Adolescence: Associations With Behavioral Health Outcomes. Frontiers in psychiatry, 2020, no. 11. 26 p. DOI:10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00026

16.              Jacobson R., Straker G. Abused children: A Review of the Literature. South African Journal of Psy­chology, 1981, no. 11(3), pp. 93—97. DOI:10.1177/008124638101100301

17.              Katz C., Tener D., Sharabi O.Y. «Blood Pact»: Professionals’ Perceptions on the Sibling Subsystem in the Context of Child Abuse. Int. Journal on Child Malt, 2021, no. 4, pp. 175—192. DOI:10.1007/ s42448-021-00073-x

18.              King A.R., Russell T.D. Psychometric properties of the Violent Experiences Questionnaire. Child abuse & neglect, 2017, no. 67, pp. 64—75. DOI:10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.02.008

19.              Kurniawan L.S., Aryani L., Chandra G.N., Mahadewa T., Ryalino C. Victims of Physical Violence Have a Higher Risk to Be Perpetrators: A Study in High School Students Population. Open access Mac­edonian journal of medical sciences, 2019. Vol. 7(21), pp. 3679—3681. DOI:10.3889/oamjms.2019.797

20.              Long K.A., Chevalier L., Chu A. et al. Cultural Influences on Sibling Relationships, Roles, and Self-Concept in the Context of Autism: Perspectives of Latino/a/x and non-Latino/a/x Siblings. J Autism Dev Disord, 2021, no. 52, pp. 4100—4113. DOI:10.1007/s10803-021-05287-z

21.              MacMillan H.L., Tanaka M., Duku E., Vaillancourt T., Boyle M.H. Child physical and sexual abuse in a community sample of young adults: results from the Ontario Child Health Study. Child abuse & neglect, 2013, no. 37(1), pp. 14—21. DOI:10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.06.005

22.              Makinde O., Björkqvist K., Österman K. Overcrowding as a risk factor for domestic violence and antisocial behaviour among adolescents in Ejigbo, Lagos, Nigeria. Global mental health (Cambridge, England), 2016, no. 3, e16. DOI:10.1017/gmh.2016.10

23.              Mitchell Ju. Why Siblings? Introducing the “Sibling Trauma” and the “Law of the Mother” on the “Horizontal” Axis. The Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 2021, no. 75(1), pp. 1—19. DOI:10.1080/007 97308.2021.1972697

24.              Münger A.-Ch., Markström A.-M. School and Child Protection Services Professionals’ Views on the school’s Mission and Responsibilities for Children Living with Domestic Violence — Tensions and Gaps. Journal of Family Violence, 2019, no. 34:5, pp. 385—398.

25.              Perry K.J., Ostrov J.M., Shisler S. et al. Pathways from Early Family Violence to Adolescent Reactive Aggression and Violence Victimization. J Fam Viol, 2021, no. 36, pp. 75—86. DOI:10.1007/s10896-019- 00109-4

26.              Pritchard E., Tsindos T., Ayton D. Practitioner perspectives on the nexus between acquired brain injury and family violence. Health & social care in the community, 2019, no. 27(5), pp. 1283—1294. DOI:10.1111/hsc.12770

27.              Prophecy Coles. Sibling rivalry at work; from family to groups. Psychodynamic Practice, 2015, no. 21:3, pp. 254—263. DOI:10.1080/14753634.2015.1037600

28.              Romain N., Michaud K., Horisberger B., Brandt-Casadevall C., Krompecher T., Mangin P. Child­hood homicide: a 1990-2000 retrospective study at the Institute of Legal Medicine in Lausanne, Swit­zerland. Medicine, science and the law, 2003, no. 43(3), pp. 203—206. DOI:10.1258/rsmmsl.43.3.203

29.              Simonelli C.J., Mullis T., Rohde C. Scale of negative family interactions: a measure of pa­rental and sibling aggression. Journal of interpersonal violence, 2005, no. 20(7), pp. 792—803. DOI:10.1177/0886260505277102

30.              Smith-Marek M., Cafferky B., Dharnidharka P., Mallory A.B., Dominguez M., High J., Stith S.M., Mendez M. Effects of childhood experiences of family violence on adult partner violence: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 2015, no. 7, pp. 498—519. DOI:10.1111/jftr.12113

31.              Teicher M.H., Parigger A. The ‘Maltreatment and Abuse Chronology of Exposure’ (MACE) scale for the retrospective assessment of abuse and neglect during development. PloS one, 2015, no. 10(2), e0117423. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0117423

32.              Worling J.R. Adolescent sibling-incest offenders: differences in family and individual function­ing when compared to adolescent nonsibling sex offenders. Child abuse & neglect, 1995, no. 19(5), pp. 633—643. DOI:10.1016/0145-2134(95)00021-y 

Information About the Authors

Igor E. Zhmurin, PhD in Psychology, Director of the Institute of Practical Psychology, International University of Psychological and Pedagogical Innovations, Associate Professor of the Department of History of Russia of the Middle Ages and Modern Times, Moscow State Regional Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2469-4663, e-mail: raketa302@mail.ru

Irina V. Korneichik, Deputy Director of the Institute of Practical Psychology, International University of Psychological and Pedagogical Innovations, Associate Professor of the Department of History of Russia of the Middle Ages and Modern Times, Moscow State Regional Pedagogical University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5988-8591, e-mail: iv.korneichik@mgou.ru



Total: 495
Previous month: 40
Current month: 26


Total: 88
Previous month: 4
Current month: 5