According to recent scientific research, trauma can actually be inherited. If your mother or father experienced symptoms of PTSD, you are likely predisposed to experiencing PTSD symptoms too. https://newrepublic.com/article/120144/trauma-genetic-scientists-say-parents-are-passing-ptsd-kids
Author Archives: Christal Presley
Welcome to United Children of Veterans. This is a safe place, and I’m glad you’re here. My name is Christal Presley, and my goal is to educate the public about how children can be affected by a father’s or mother’s … Continue reading
CBS feature called “Caregivers of Veterans Bear Scars of War”: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/caregivers-of-us-veterans-bear-scars-of-war/
This article in Mother Jones explores how spouses and kids of returning war veterans can exhibit PTSD symptoms of their own. It focuses on the case study of Katie, Brannan, and veteran Caleb Vines. A MUST read! http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/01/ptsd-epidemic-military-vets-families
Yep. This is me. Thank you to CNN’s Moni Basu for being interested in how children of veterans can be affected by war. CNN’s “A Daughter Faces Demons of Father’s War”: http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/04/us/veteran-daughter-ptsd/
A new study from Syracuse’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families suggests that psychological treatment for spouses and children of veterans with PTSD may reduce the stresses and trauma on the family–and therefore, have a positive influence on veterans’ health. Click … Continue reading
This article, written by the National Center for PTSD, explores research findings about how families are affected by deployment and return from deployment. http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pages/pro_deployment_stress_children.asp
Article on the effects of deployment on children: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/article_406b3f34-2ca5-11e0-9ca5-001cc4c03286.html
This article from CBC/Radio-Canada makes some interesting connections between the secondary trauma of children of Holocaust victims and children of war veterans. http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/health/posttraumaticstress-kids.html
In this full PDF article originally published in Development and Psychopathology in 2001, authors Rachel Yehuda, Sarah Halligan, and Robert Grossman conclude that in intergenerational PTSD (the transmission of PTSD from parent to child), childhood trauma may be an important … Continue reading
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 … Continue reading
Veterans’ Children is the first community and support organization to address the generational consequences of living with war trauma- from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, to our present wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The purpose of their website is … Continue reading
On his website, Inheriting the Vietnam War Legacy, researcher Dr. Ken O’Brien summarizes his theory that genetics–or more precisely, epigenetics–play a role in the intergenerational transmission of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Dr. Ken O’Brien’s study, “The Intergenerational Transference of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst Children and Grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans in Australia: An Argument for a Genetic Origin,” supports a genetic origin for intergenerational PTSD.
In “Experts Watching Mental Health of Army Children,” the Army reveals that how soldiers’ stress levels affect their children is an underresearched area.
In her memoir, Falling through the Earth, Danielle Trussoni returns to Vietnam to explore the country where her father fought, as she explores memories of her childhood and how the war affected her family.
This article, “Talks with Dad Ease Vietnam Scars,” explores how my Vietnam veteran father’s symptoms of PTSD affected me, and chronicles our journey of reconciliation.
This article, “Soldiers’ Children are War Victims, Too,” focuses on secondary or intergenerational PTSD in children of war veterans, and provides current statistics on war’s effect on mental health.
This abstract of “Transgenerational Transmission of Cortisol and PTSD Risk” published by Rachel Yehuda and Linda Blerer in Progress in Brain Research (2007), reports that adult children of Holocaust survivors with PTSD have a greater prevalence of PTSD themselves. The … Continue reading
This fact sheet explores how a parent’s PTSD symptoms may affect his or her children: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/pages/children-of-vets-adults-ptsd.asp
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