Trauma intergeneracional en familias de refugiados: un análisis sistemático. Revista de salud de immigrantes y miembros de minorías

Added March 19, 2018

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Twenty studies were analyzed to evaluate the literature corresponding to intergenerational trauma in refugee families, specifically the methodologies and findings in peer-reviewed literature. The results show that there is limited base knowledge regarding intergenerational trauma processes.

Intergenerational trauma refers to how trauma experienced in one generation can affect the health and well-being of descendants of future generations, especially psychiatric symptoms and vulnerability to stress. This systematic review attempted to synthesize the available literature on intergenerational trauma in refugee families, in order to evaluate the methodologies and results of the current field of research. The qualitative analysis included 15 quantitative studies, 4 qualitative studies, and one mixed method study. The studies looked at the offspring of survivors of the Holocaust, the Southeast Asian wars, the Cambodian genocide, and armed conflict in the Middle East. The results of these studies were varied, and participants showed either increased adaptive capacity or a range of symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of intergenerational trauma. This varied depending on the trauma experienced, as well as the cultural context of the intergenerational trauma. It is notable that these studies varied significantly both in methodological rigor and in the consistency of their reports and definitions of trauma. The authors stress that this research may not be generalizable to all refugee contexts, and that more consistent research is necessary to draw conclusions. as well as the cultural context of intergenerational trauma. It is notable that these studies varied significantly both in methodological rigor and in the consistency of their reports and definitions of trauma. The authors stress that this research may not be generalizable to all refugee contexts, and that more consistent research is necessary to draw conclusions. as well as the cultural context of intergenerational trauma. It is notable that these studies varied significantly both in methodological rigor and in the consistency of their reports and definitions of trauma. The authors stress that this research may not be generalizable to all refugee contexts, and that more consistent research is necessary to draw conclusions.

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