Behavior: Touch of Incest

More than brother and sister

First meetings between adopted brothers and sisters can have an erotic aspect, with prolonged hugging, kissing and nervous jokes about sleeping together. Indeed, says Betty Jean Lifton, an adoptee and the author of Lost and Found.

The Adoption Experience, a "touch of incest" often hangs in the air. Most adoptees resist the impulse toward sex. Victoria Pittorino, 24, of Arlington, Mass., and her long lost brother David Goddu, 22, of Holyoke, Mass., did not. Separated since infancy, they found each other last Easter, married a few weeks later and...

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