Intergenerational transmission of trauma across three generations: A preliminary study

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This qualitative study reports a preliminary investigation of the intergenerational transmission of trauma across three generations, and across three types of trauma. Representatives of three families in which the first generation had experienced a trauma were examined. Trauma included experiencing the Holocaust, being placed in a transit camp following immigration from Morocco, and being forced to dislocate as the result of a war. The representatives of successive generations were administered qualitative, open-ended interviews regarding their life as survivors or victims, or as the second/third generation of survivors/victims. A content analysis revealed that the intergenerational transmission of three types of trauma was perpetuated across three generations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-94
Number of pages20
JournalQualitative Social Work
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Intergenerational transmission
  • Three family generations
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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