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Is Trauma Genetic? Scientists Say Parents Are Passing PTSD to Kids | New Republic

Traditionally, psychiatrists have cited family dynamics to explain the vicarious traumatization of the second generation. Children may absorb parents' psychic burdens as much by osmosis as from stories. They infer unspeakable abuse and losses from parental anxiety or harshness of tone or clinginess-parents whose own families have been destroyed may be unwilling to let their children grow up and leave them.


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