The Impact of Culture on the Transmission of Trauma

Refugees’ Stories and Silence Embodied in Their Children’s Lives
  • Cécile Rousseau
  • Aline Drapeau
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


Studies of intergenerational transmission of trauma have reported complex, even contradictory, findings (Kaufman & Zigler, 1989; Solkoff, 1992) and have taken many different views of what can be transmitted from one generation to the next, independent of context. Moreover, the wide variety of traumatic settings observed introduces the concept of specificity of transmission, which may fragment our understanding of the phenomena of transmission to such an extent that generalization becomes totally impossible. This attention to context usually tends to focus on the characteristics of the traumatic settings, paying scant heed to those of the groups that experience the traumatic events.


Traumatic Event Armed Conflict Family Cohesion Intergenerational Transmission Family Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cécile Rousseau
    • 1
  • Aline Drapeau
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMontreal Children’s HospitalMontrealCanada

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