What is it about?

Children of parents who experienced a traumatic event are at higher risk of mental health problems. This is through a phenomenon called the intergenerational transmission of trauma. The way in which a traumatized parent interacts with their child plays a critical role in whether trauma moves down to the next generation; however, it remains unclear which parenting practices are most protective in preventing transmission. This paper describes a planned study to gather all evidence on this topic and use a statistical approach to identify and assess which parenting practices are most powerful in perpetuating - and protecting against - the impact of trauma on future generations.

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Why is it important?

This study will help researchers and policy makers develop parenting programs to most effectively prevent the intergenerational transmission of trauma in high-risk populations, such as communities impacted by war or genocide. Given that parenting programs can be affordable and scalable, this provides opportunity for feasible and large-scale impact, particularly in vulnerable low resource settings.

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This page is a summary of: Psychosocial family-level mediators in the intergenerational transmission of trauma: Protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysis, PLoS ONE, November 2022, PLOS, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0276753.
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