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Intergenerational trauma is described as a discrete form of trauma that occurs when traumatic effects are passed across generations without the descendants of trauma survivors having exposure to the original event (Isobel et al., 2021). It is a silent suffering experienced among immigrant families from all across the world who have survived war, genocide, displacements, loss, and other psychological trauma. An exploration of literature has also shown that the healthcare crisis from this form of trauma can be identified and intervened with preventative or treatment measures in clinical practice. The purpose of this research paper is to explore the mental health impacts of intergenerational trauma and its effects on the acquisition of healthcare to better understand what clinical interventions can be implemented to help break the cycle of trauma for future generations.
Dominican University of California Scholarly and Creative Works
San Rafael, CA
intergenerational trauma, immigrants, refugees, mental health, nursing
Chea, Loralee, "Impact of Intergenerational Trauma Among Immigrant and Refugee Families: Effects on the Mental Health and Acquisition of Care" (2022). Nursing | Student Research Posters. 3.