The intergenerational transmission of trauma has deleterious effects on families (Kestenburg, 1981; Yehuda, 2018). This study aims to examine the role of emotional regulation and parental reflective functioning (PRF) in the transmission of trauma to discover the underlying mechanisms of trauma so that clinicians are able to gain a deeper understanding of this phenomena in order to provide targeted interventions. An online sample of 219 participants who were over 18 years of age and who identified as being a mother completed the survey. The survey included the Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire (ACE), Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (DERS-18), and the Parental Reflective Functioning Questionnaire (PRFQ). What this study found are that the relationship between the ACE and PRFQ-IC was mediated by the DERS-18 (R = .273, R2 = .074, p = .000). These results indicate that clinicians may have success in treating the transmission of intergenerational trauma with interventions targeting emotional dysregulation.
|Commitee:||Burrets, Molly, Conover, Kristin|
|School:||Alliant International University|
|Department:||Los Angeles, CSPP|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 81/7(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adverse childhood experiences, Emotion regulation, Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma, Interventions, Parenting, Treatment|
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