Connections: The impact of multi-generational trauma

Trauma affects families of all ethnicities, ages, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and it can be the result of a number of factors: crimes against humanity; terrorism; natural disasters; poverty; and more. While scientists have studied its impact on victims’ mental and physical health, research on the impact and scope of multi-generational trauma is just beginning to receive more attention. Scientists point to epigenetic changes in the DNA of families affected by trauma, suggesting that stress in the older generation translates into an adaptation adopted by the next generation.  Listen to the the full interview on WXXI’s Connections with Evan Dawson.

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