by Jamie Stern How Trauma is Passed Down Through the Generations Foreword From the Author This article was put into momentum in 2020. Originally, I created an Indo Trauma Survey specifically to write this article. It was answered by a random sample of the Indo population varying between the ages of 28 and 82. Little…
Transgenerational trauma is the generally subconscious transmission of traumatic experiences through social-environmental and epigenetic factors to subsequent generations and to society. People in the next generation find themselves showing the symptoms of trauma without having experienced the trauma themselves. Growing up in an environment where a parent is chronically anxious, depressed, explosive, fearful etc. will often create an atmosphere of dysregulation. A child will learn to cope in that type of environment. Once they take these coping skills into new environments such as work and relationships, they might notice some struggles.
For a thorough introduction, we recommend you to start with the in-depth article ‘Transgenerational Trauma in the Indo Community‘, by Jamie Stern of The Indo Project.
Books & Papers
- Time, Time to Love, Time for War, Time to Heal – David Bebelaar
- The significance of experiences of war and migration in older age: long-term consequences in child survivors from the Dutch East Indies – Trudy T. M. Mooren & Rolf J. Kleber
- Intergenerational Effects in Families of World War II Survivors from the Dutch East Indies, Aftermath of Another Dutch War – Petra G. H. Aarts
- ‘The past should not affect the children’: intergenerational hauntings in the homes of Indo-European families – Julia Doornbos & Ana Dragojlovic
- Trauma and the Last Dutch War in Indonesia, 1945–1949, in book: The Cultural Trauma of Decolonization (pp.85-109)
– Gert Oostindie