Hatice Demirbas
2016 Global Journal of Psychology Research New Trends and Issues  
The current study aims to investigate the relationship between the feelings of shame and guilt and sibling abuse role (victim or perpetrator). Two hundred and three university students from Gazi University participated in the study. A survey including Sibling Abuse Scale, Guilt and Shame Scale and the Life Events Checklist were given to the participants. Regression analysis done to reveal if any relationship exists between general feelings of shame and guilt and sibling abuse role while
more » ... ing for the negative life events. Going through negative experiences in life was associated with level of victimization and perpetration in the case of sibling abuse. Perpetrator role in sibling abuse significantly predicted the feeling of guilt even after controlling for the negative life experiences. When predicting the feeling of shame, after controlling for the negative life experiences, neither the level of perpetration nor the level of victimization was found to be significant. The results of the study demonstrated that the more the individuals abuse their siblings in the early years, the less they feel guilt in the early adult years. Also, individuals who were exposed to higher levels of earlier abusive behaviors from their siblings were less likely to feel guilt when compared to not abused siblings. The findings of the study are important for preventive interventions. Therefore, educationists and health providers have responsibility about public education about sibling abuse.
doi:10.18844/gjpr.v6i2.680 fatcat:l27qwoa355gc3jlioanzthdtfu