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Protective factors for intergenerational transmission of trauma among second and third generation Holocaust survivors / by Lotem Giladi.

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    The current study explored whether differentiation of self and family communication styles are protective factors of secondary traumatic stress (STS). A sample of 215 Jewish Americans/Canadians whose families immigrated from Europe prior or after WWII completed an online survey consisting of self-report measures. Four groups were created based on the participants’ Holocaust background and demographics: Second generation (2G; n = 77) and third generation (3G; n = 52), who had at least one parent or grandparent, respectively, who survived the Holocaust, and a matched control group for each generation (n = 50; n = 36, respectively). Results showed that levels of STS were generally within the normal range; however, 2G and 3G reported higher level of STS, lower levels of differentiation of self and less open verbal communication compared to their control groups. Greater differentiation of self and more open-verbal family communication were associated with lower levels of STS. Differences between groups were consistent with other studies suggesting a mixture of resilience and vulnerability factors among 2G and 3G.Keywords: Holocaust trauma, secondary traumatic stress, differentiation of self, family communication, intergenerational patterns
    Giladi, Lotem, 1979-
    Thesis (Ph. D.)--Alliant International University, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, 2011.
    Includes bibliographical references (p. 48-53).
    Photocopy. Ann Arbor, Mich. : UMI Dissertation Services. 22 cm.
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