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Intergenerational approaches demonstrate a significant need to explore the implicit and explicit effects of trauma on families. Trauma can be caused by any of a number of situations, including abuse, war, violence, and loss. While trauma has been shown to remain a presence in both research and clinical practice, histories of trauma that exist intergenerationally within families often have a much more implicit effect. Intergenerational trauma describes an interaction that is, sometimes, difficult to notice. When an individual is affected by a traumatic event (e.g., death in the family, natural disaster, war, torture, rape, assault, violence), the effects of trauma can shape the perspectives of other members within a family, a couple, or a community. Members within families and communities that do not directly ...

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