Caffaro details an integrative, strengths-based approach to individual and family psychotherapy, and discusses the evolutionary context for sources of sibling aggression, the need for clinical and research data on sibling abuse, the science of sibling relations from a life-span perspective, the developmental context for healthy sibling functioning in a non-abusive setting, the effects of abuse on the sibling dyad and relationship, individual and systemic risk factors, and family environment factors. He then addresses sibling violence and sexual abuse, gender issues, assessment, best practices, cultural differences, intervention strategies, psychotherapy with adult survivors, and policy and prevention.
This edition has been revised and updated to reflect new advances in the field. It includes updated information on sibling development; research on sibling relationships throughout the life course; new sections on the vulnerability of special needs children and the international scope of sibling abuse; and a revised section on distinctions between normal sibling sexual contact and abuse. It has an updated and expanded summary of concerns specific to sexual abuse offenders; more on psychological maltreatment; a revised abuse interview; new sections on treating dissociative symptoms, parent training programs, group treatment, and working with multiproblem families; a new case illustrating group treatment with adolescents; an expanded conceptualization of principles of the treatment approach used with adult survivors; and a new concluding chapter on current thinking on abuse policy and prevention strategies and new directions in research. Readers are expected to have basic knowledge of the principles of individual and family therapy with child abuse trauma victims and adult survivors.