This article from American Journal of Orthopsychiatry is a review of the literature on intergenerational transmission of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from fathers to sons in families of war veterans. The review addresses several questions: (1) Which fathers have a greater tendency to transmit their distress to their offspring? (2) What is transmitted from father to child? (3) How is the distress transmitted and through which mechanisms? And finally, (4) Which children are more vulnerable to the transmission of PTSD distress in the family?
You can access this article, “Is There Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma? The Case of Combat Veterans’ Children,” through a university library, or pay $29.95 to download it at this address: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1037/a0013955/abstract
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American Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Volume 78, Issue 3, July 2008, Pages: 281–289, Rachel Dekel and Hadass Goldblatt
Publication Date: March 2010