Even if you have never experienced abuse or neglect, there are other ways in which trauma can be passed down from parent to child.
How trauma affects your DNA
Research on the children of Holocaust survivors has shown that children of parents with trauma show an increased vulnerability to stress-related diagnoses such as complex trauma (C-PTSD) and posttraumatic stress (PTSD).
While more study is needed, we do know that this can’t be explained merely through the transmission of shared stories and narratives. It may be that the disposition to develop PTSD and C-PTSD is passed down through an epigenetic route.
Epigenetics may be causing trauma symptoms
Dr. Franco published an article on GoodTherapy.org about whether it is possible to have trauma symptoms without experiencing trauma. We can, at least to some extent, be able to influence our children’s ability to be calm and resilient to stress. When we give them a loving and nurturing environment, we can diminish the intensity of inherited trauma. The following generations can continue to lessen the effects of trauma through consistent nurturing and loving parenting.
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