Growing Up Sexually(Bibliographies)


21/Sibling Incest


Main Index®Index Volume 3 ® Bibliography 21


Compiler’s Notes:


Of obvious anthropological and psychoanalytic interest, the question of sibling incest progressively organises itself as a clinical entity. See also bibliography 11. This bibliography contextualises section a on ‘Kinship Avoidancy in Childhood’ in the ‘USA’ chapter of Volume 1.


Note: this bibliography may be updated monthly.



  • Abend, S. M. (1984). Sibling love and object choice. Psychoanal Q 53(3): 425-30.
  • Abernethy, V. (1974). Dominance and sexual behavior: a hypothesis. Am J Psychiatry 131(7): 813-7.
  • Abrahams, J. and H. Hoey (1994). Sibling Incest in A Clergy Family - A Case-Study. Child Abuse & Neglect 18(12): 1029-1035.
  • Adler, N. A. and J. Schutz (1995). Sibling Incest Offenders. Child Abuse & Neglect 19(7): 811-819.
  • Arana, R. V. (1984). Sibling Incest Stories. Dreamworks 4(1): 44-51.
  • Arndt, W. B. and B. Ladd (1981). Sibling Incest Aversion as an Index of Oedipal Conflict. Journal of Personality Assessment 45(1): 52-58.
  • Ascherman, L. I. and E. J. Safier (1990). Sibling Incest - A Consequence of Individual and Family Dysfunction. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic 54(3): 311-322.
  • Baird, P. A. and B. McGillivray (1982). Children of incest. J Pediatr 101(5): 854-7.

·         Bank, S. (1982). The sibling bond. New York, NY: Basic Books.

·         Bentovim, A., & Ratner, H. (1991). Sibling abuse in a reconstituted family: A focal family therapy approach. In W. N. Friedrich (Ed.) Casebook of sexual abuse treatment. New York, NY: Norton and Co., Inc.

  • Bevc, I. and I. Silverman (1993). Early Proximity and Intimacy between Siblings and Incestuous Behavior - A Test of the Westermarck Theory. Ethology and Sociobiology 14(3): 171-181.
  • Bevc, I. and I. Silverman (2000). Early separation and sibling incest: A test of the revised Westermarck theory. Evolution and Human Behavior 21(3): 151-161.
  • Bixler, R. H. (1982a). Sibling Incest in the Royal Families of Egypt, Peru, and Hawaii. Journal of Sex Research 18(3): 264-281.
  • Bixler, R. H. (1982b). Comment on the Incidence and Purpose of Royal Sibling Incest. American Ethnologist 9(3): 580-582.
  • Canavan, M. M., W. J. Meyer, et al. (1992). The Female Experience of Sibling Incest. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy 18(2): 129-142.

·         Cantwell, H. (1989). Child sexual abuse: Very young perpetrators. Child Abuse and Neglect, 12(4) 579-582.

·         Cole, A. (1990). Sibling incest: The myth of benign sibling incest. Women and Therapy, 5, 79-89.

  • Colonna, A. B. and L. M. Newman (1983). The psychoanalytic literature on siblings. Psychoanal Study Child 38: 285-309.

·         Courtois, C. (1988). Healing the incest wound: Adult survivors in therapy. New York, NY: W.W. Norton & Co.

·         Crewdson, J. (1988). By silence betrayed: Sexual abuse of children in America. New York, NY: Harper and Row.

  • Crowder, R. (2004) Sibling sexual abuse: A descriptive study of sibling sexual abuse data from Canadian incidence studies and selected sibling incest research in the literature, 1980 – 2001. CASSW Annual Conference 2004, University of Manitoba, May 29 - June 1, 2004 [ Addendum:[1].pdf]
  • Cyr, M., J. Wright, et al. (2002). Intrafamilial sexual abuse: brother-sister incest does not differ from father-daughter and stepfather-stepdaughter incest. Child Abuse & Neglect 26(9): 957-973.
  • Daie, N., E. Witztum, et al. (1989). Long-Term Effects of Sibling Incest. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 50(11): 428-431.
  • De Young, M. (1981). Siblings of Oedipus: Brothers and Sisters of Incest Victims. Child Welfare 60(8): 561-8.

·         DeJong, A. (1989). Sexual interactions among siblings and cousins: Experimentation or exploitation? Child Abuse and Neglect, 13(2).

  • Devroye, A. (1973). [Incest: a bibliographic review]. Acta Psychiatr Belg 73(6): 661-721.
  • DiGiorgio-Miller, J. (1998). Sibling incest: Treatment of the family and the offender. Child Welfare 77(3): 335-346.
  • Douaire-Marsaudon, F. (2002). The mysterious bath of the Tu'i Tonga Fefine - Kinship, incest and sacre marriage in Polynesia (Part II). Anthropos 97(2): 519-528.
  • Durbach, E. (1979). Geschwister-Komplex - Romantic Attitudes to Brother-Sister Incest in Ibsen, Byron, and Bronte, Emily. Mosaic-A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 12(4): 61-73.
  • Fehlow, P. (1976). [Incest]. Arztl Jugendkd 67(5): 377-84.
  • Feldman, M. J. and T. G. Gutheil (1997). Ethical aspects of competence for sexual relationships: A case of adult sibling incest. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 25(2): 217-222.

·         Finkelhor, D. (1980). Sex among siblings: A survey report on its prevalence, its variety, and its effect. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 9, 171-194.

·         Finkelhor, D. (1981). Sex between siblings: Sex play, incest and aggression. In, L. Constantine & F. Martinson (Eds.) Children and Sex. Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company.

·         Fortenberry, J. D., & Hill, R. F. (1986). Sister-sister incest as a manifestation of multigenerational sexual abuse. Journal of Adolescent Health Care, 7, 202-204.

  • Fox, J. R. (1962). Sibling Incest. British Journal of Sociology 13(2): 128-150.
  • Frances, V. and A. Frances (1976). The incest taboo and family structure. Fam Process 15(2): 235-44.
  • Furniss, T. (1984). Organizing a therapeutic approach to intra-familial child sexual abuse. J Adolesc 7(4): 309-17.

·         Gibbons, T., Soothill, D., & Way, C. (1978). Sibling and parent-child incest offenders. British Journal of Criminology, 18(1) 41-52.

·         Gilbert, C. M. (1989). Sibling incest. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health Nursing, 2(2) 70-73.

  • Gilbert, C. M. (1992). Sibling incest: a descriptive study of family dynamics. Child Adolesc Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs 5(1): 5-9.
  • Gilman, S. L. (1998). Sibling incest, madness, and the Jews. Social Research 65(2): 401-433.
  • Goldstein, H. S. (1974). Reconstituted families: the second marriage and its children. Psychiatr Q 48(3): 433-40.

·         Green, A. H. (1984). Child abuse by siblings. Child Abuse and Neglect, 8(3) 311-317.

·         Green, A. H. (1988). Special issues in child sexual abuse. In D. H. Schetky & A. H. Green (Eds.) Child sexual abuse. A handbook for health care and legal professionals. New York, NY: Brunner-Mazel, Inc.

  • Greenwald, E. and H. Leitenberg (1989). Long-term effects of sexual experiences with siblings and nonsiblings during childhood. Arch Sex Behav 18(5): 389-99.
  • Hall, R. (1983). Henry James: interpreting an obsessive memory. J Homosex 8(3-4): 83-97.

·         Haugaard, J. J., & Tilly, C. (1988). Characteristics predicting children's responses to sexual encounters with other children. Child Abuse and Neglect, 12(2) 209-218.

  • Hepner, G. (2003). Abraham's incestuous marriage with Sarah: A violation of the Holiness Code. Vetus Testamentum 53(2): 143-155.
  • Hermansson, L. (1990). [Sexual molestation of children--a serious form of child abuse]. Vardfacket 14(7): VII-XXII.

·         Higgs, D. C., Canavan, M. M., & Meyer, W. J. (1992). Moving from defense to offense: The development of an adolescent female sex offender. Journal of Sex Research, 29(1) 131-139.

  • Hillemand, P. (1977). [Napoleon and imputations of incest]. Sem Hop 53(44): 2569-71.
  • Hilsman, G. J. (2002). Siblings or foes: what now in spiritual care research? J Health Care Chaplain 12(1-2): 81-9.
  • Hirsch, M. (2003). [Disclosure of incest as an emancipatory act--once again: The Feast by Thomas Vinterberg]. Prax Kinderpsychol Kinderpsychiatr 52(1): 49-60.
  • Hopkins, M. K. (1983). Brother-Sister Marriage in Roman Egypt. Comparative Studies in Society and History. 22: 303-355.
  • Husain, A. and J. L. Chapel (1983). History of incest in girls admitted to a psychiatric hospital. Am J Psychiatry 140(5): 591-3.
  • Johnson, T. C. (1988). Child perpetrators--children who molest other children: preliminary findings. Child Abuse and Neglect 12(2): 219-29.

·         Johnson, T. C. (1989). Female child perpetrators: Children who molest other children. Child Abuse and Neglect, 13(4) 571-585.

·         Johnson, T. C., & Berry, C. (1989). Children who molest: A treatment program. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 4(2) 185-203.

  • Jones, D. P. (2002). Is sexual abuse perpetrated by a brother different from that committed by a parent? Child Abuse and Neglect 26(9): 955-6.

·         Kaplan, M. S., & Becker, J. V. (1992). Adolescent perpetrators of incest. In R. T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.) Assessment of family violence. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

  • Kaplan, S. L. and E. Poznanki (1974). Child psychiatric patients who share a bed with a parent. J Am Acad Child Psychiatry 13(2): 344-56.
  • Kaslow, F., D. Haupt, et al. (1981). Homosexual incest. Psychiatr Q 53(3): 184-93.

·         Kempe, R.S., and C.H. Kempe. (1984). The Common Secret: Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents. New York, N.Y.: W.H. Freeman & Co.

  • Krishna, K. P. (1995). Girl child and sexual victimisation. Soc Change 25(2-3): 124-32.

·         Laredo, C. M. (1982). Sibling incest. In S. M. Sgroi (Ed.) Handbook of clinical intervention in child sexual abuse. Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath.

·         Laviola, M. (1989). Effects of older brother-younger sister incest: A review of four cases. Journal of Family Violence, 4(3) 259-274.

  • Laviola, M. (1992). Effects of Older-Brother Younger-Sister Incest - A Study of the Dynamics of 17 Cases. Child Abuse & Neglect 16(3): 409-421.
  • Lederer, W. (1975). Children of Oedipus - Brother-Sister Incest in Psychiatry, Literature, History and Mythology - Santiago,Lpr. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 14(1): 184-185. [book review]
  • Leitenberg, H., E. Greenwald, et al. (1989). The relation between sexual activity among children during preadolescence and/or early adolescence and sexual behavior and sexual adjustment in young adulthood. Arch Sex Behav 18(4): 299-313
  • Lieberman, D. and D. Symons (1998). Sibling incest avoidance: From Westermarck to Wolf. Quarterly Review of Biology 73(4): 463-466
  • Lieberman, D., J. Tooby, et al. (2003). Does morality have a biological basis? An empirical test of the factors governing moral sentiments relating to incest. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B-Biological Sciences 270(1517): 819-826

·         Lloyd, D. W. (Ed.). (1990). Sibling incest. Proceedings of a Think Tank. Huntsville, AL: National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse

  • Lukianowicz, N. (1972). Incest. I. Paternal incest. Br J Psychiatry 120(556): 301-13
  • Lumsden, C. J. and E. O. Wilson (1980). Gene-Culture Translation in the Avoidance of Sibling Incest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America-Biological Sciences 77(10): 6248-6250.
  • Luzes, P. (1990). Fact and Fantasy in Brother-Sister Incest. International Review of Psycho-Analysis 17: 97-113
  • Martin, Michelle (2005) Incest is Best: Lovers Performing as Siblings in Francesca Lia Block's Wasteland. Performing Childhood, Children's Literature Association Annual Conference, June 9 - 12, 2005 | Winnipeg | Manitoba | Canada
  • Mitchell, J. (2003). Siblings sex and violence. Cambridge, UK, Polity Press

·         O'Brien, J. (1989). Characteristics of male adolescent sibling incest offenders: Preliminary findings. Orwell, VT: The Safer Society Program

·         O'Brien, M. J. (1991). Taking sibling incest seriously. In M. Q. Patton (Ed.) Family sexual abuse. Frontline research and evaluation. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

  • Openshaw, D. K., R. B. Graves, et al. (1993). Youthful Sexual Offenders - A Comprehensive Bibliography of Scholarly References, 1970-1992. Family Relations 42(2): 222-226
  • Owen M. (1998) 'More than just child's play: A study on sibling incest', Children Australia, vol. 23, no. 4, 15 - 21.
  • Owen, M. (2001) More Than Just Child’s Play: A Study on Sibling Incest. Seeking Solutions, Australia's Inaugural Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Conference, Gold Coast, Australia, 5-7 September 2001 []

·         Peterson, A. L. T. (1992). Sibling sexual abuse: The emerging awareness of an ignored childhood trauma. Moving Forward, 1(4,1) 12-13

·         Pierce, L. H., & Pierce, R. L. (1987). Incestuous victimization by juvenile sexual offenders. Journal of Family Violence, 2, 351-364

·         Pierce, L. H., & Pierce, R. L. (1990). Adolescent/sibling incest perpetrators. In A. L. Horton, B. L. Johnson, L. M. Roundy, & D. Williams (Eds.) The incest perpetrator: A family member no one wants to treat. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications

·         Prado, Nereida (2005) “Brother/Sister Incest in Pauline Melville’s The Ventriloquist’s Tale: From Transgression to Transcendence”.'Transgression and Taboo' CEA-CC Spring Conference 2005, 25-26 February, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

  • Pucci, S. R. (1997). The nature of domestic intimacy and sibling incest in Diderot's 'Fils Naturel'. Eighteenth-Century Studies 30(3): 271-287
  • Rayment-McHugh, S. & Nisbet, I. (2003) Sibling Incest Offenders As a Subset of Adolescent Sexual Offenders. Paper presented at the Child Sexual Abuse: Justice Response or Alternative Resolution Conference, Australian Institute of Criminology, Adelaide, 1-2 May 2003 [] [9p]
  • Richardson, A. (1985). The Dangers of Sympathy - Sibling Incest in English Romantic Poetry. Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 25(4): 737-754.
  • Roland, A. and G. Rizzo (1977). Psychoanalysis in search of Pirandello: Six Characters and Henry IV. Psychoanal Rev 64(1): 63-99.
  • Rubey, D. (1988). The troubled house of Oedipus and Chretien's Neo-Tristan: re-writing the mythologies of desire. Psychoanal Rev 75(1): 67-94.
  • Rudd, J. M. and S. D. Herzberger (1999). Brother-sister incest - Father-daughter incest: A comparison of characteristics and consequences. Child Abuse & Neglect 23(9): 915-928

·         Russell, D. (1986). The secret trauma: Incest in the lives of girls and women. New York, NY: Basic Books

·         Santiago, L. P. R. (1973). The children of Oedipus: Brother-sister incest in psychiatry, literature, history, and mythology. New York, NY: Libra Publishers, Inc.

  • Sarles, R. M. (1975). Symposium on behavioral pediatrics. Incest. Pediatr Clin North Am 22(3): 633-42
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·         Schetky, D. H., & Green, A. H. (Eds.). (1988). Child sexual abuse. A handbook for health care and legal professionals. New York, NY: Brunner-Mazel, Inc.

  • Sgroi, S. M., Bunk, B. S., & Wabrek, C. J. (1988). Children's sexual behaviors and their relationship to sexual abuse. In S. M. Sgroi (Ed.) Vulnerable populations: Evaluation and treatment of sexually abused children and adult survivors (Volume One). Lexington, MA: D. C. Heath.
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·         Thomas, J., & Rogers, C. (1983). A treatment program for intrafamily juvenile sexual offenders. In J. Greer & I. Stuart (Eds.) The sexual aggressor: Current perspectives on treatment. New York, NY: Van Nostrand Reinhold

  • Tilelli, J. A., D. Turek, et al. (1980). Sexual abuse of children: clinical findings and implications for management. N Engl J Med 302(6): 319-23
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·         Wiehe, V. R. (1990). Sibling abuse: Hidden physical, emotional and sexual trauma. Lexington, MA: D.C. Heath

  • Willner, D. (1983). Definition and Violation: Incest and the Incest Taboos. Man 18(1): 134-159
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