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Unresolved Loss: Issues in Working with Adults Whose Siblings were Kidnapped Years Ago (by Geoffrey Greif, Duane T. Bowers )



The loss of a sibling at a young age can have a deleterious effect on the surviving sibling's life course. When the sibling is young and is kidnapped by a non-family member, the impact on the surviving sibling may be even greater. This article describes the common issues raised by five adults (18-60 years old) whose siblings were kidnapped during their childhood or in early adulthood. Implications for clinical interventions with these adults as well as children who may have experienced this loss are included.



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