What is it about?

This manuscript provides an important examination of the relationship between transgenerational trauma transmission and readiness to use alcohol among second-generation immigrants. The findings show that Ethiopian adolescents who perceive their parents' immigration as more traumatic report higher levels of readiness to use alcohol. We also found differences in readiness to use alcohol between Ethiopian adolescents whose parents' relatives died during the immigration and those adolescents whose parents' relatives survived. This study opens a new direction in research on the impact of immigration by exploring the long-term effects of immigration-related trauma, particularly the possibility of transgenerational transmission.

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Why is it important?

This line of research is important in light of the growing rates of migration all over the world and the hazards and hardships that immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers experience on their way to their countries of destination. To assist them in coping, it is important to examine the possible effects of traumatic immigration.


I hope this article will raise attention to the negative impact of immigration-related trauma. Because the results show that the impact of immigration related trauma is not limited to the immigrants who experienced the trauma, but it can also affect their children's well-being.

Dr Inna Levy
Ariel University

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This page is a summary of: Readiness to Use Psychoactive Substances Among Second-Generation Adolescent Immigrants and Perceptions of Parental Immigration-Related Trauma, Substance Use & Misuse, May 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10826084.2017.1298618.
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