The intergenerational transmission of trauma in children of Holocaust survivors / by Jessica Rosenthal.
A variety of studies investigated children of Holocaust survivors, with varying conclusions. Some studies have shown that within a clinical population children of Holocaust survivors were more vulnerable to psychiatric conditions, and other studies within a non-clinical population have had greater difficulty illustrating this point. Furthermore, few studies have been conducted that compared the experiences between siblings who are now the adult children of Holocaust survivors. The current qualitative study sought to examine the intergenerational transmission of trauma in children of Holocaust survivors, and the different ways that this secondary trauma is manifested among siblings. Factors such as satisfaction with their lives, expression of positive and negative feelings, and their own subjective views of how having parents who were Holocaust survivors affected them were included in the analysis. The subjects of the study were four pairs of Jewish siblings (four males, four females) who were raised by at least one Holocaust surviving parent. The analysis and interpretation of the results stemmed from the content of the interviews. Results suggested that several factors including birth order, gender, and parents' mental health were associated with the differential impact on children of having parents who survived the Holocaust. Moreover, the differences between siblings' experiences of their parents as survivors were most likely determined by birth order and the amount of time that elapsed between the end of the war and the subjects' dates of birth. The results from this study can be applied to the examination of relationships of individuals who have experienced significant trauma. This study can also help in creating interventions or treatment plans for individuals and families that are dealing with the aftermath of a traumatic event.
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