The Intergenerational Aftermath of War Captivity: The Israeli Experience

  • Jacob Y. Stein
  • Roy Aloni
  • Laura Crompton
  • Gadi Zerach
  • Zahava Solomon
Part of the Integrating Psychiatry and Primary Care book series (IPPC)


This chapter is devoted to an examination of the aftermath of war captivity as implicated in the next (second) generation. Capitalizing on findings from a nearly three-decade and four-wave longitudinal study, we present cumulative evidence regarding the psychological and interpersonal ramifications of war captivity for Israeli former prisoners of war (ex-POWs) and underscore the intergenerational effects of the fathers’/ex-POWs’ experiences on their adult offspring. Taking into consideration the relational context of the family system, the chapter addresses post-traumatic phenomena manifesting among the offspring as impacted by their fathers’ trauma and post-traumatic stress symptoms, their mothers’ secondary traumatic stress, and the complex interaction of familial subsystems, such as the marital and the parental relationships. Clinical and societal implications are drawn, and directions for future research in the field are discussed and encouraged.


Prisoners of war Post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD Secondary traumatization Intergenerational transmission Family system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacob Y. Stein
    • 1
  • Roy Aloni
    • 1
  • Laura Crompton
    • 1
  • Gadi Zerach
    • 2
  • Zahava Solomon
    • 1
  1. 1.I-CORE Research Center for Mass TraumaBob Shapell School of Social Work at Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael
  2. 2.Department of Behavioral SciencesAriel UniversityArielIsrael

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