The Trauma & Grief Institute

Transgenerational Trauma

Transgenerational trauma (also known as inherited or intergenerational trauma) is trauma passed down from the first generation of trauma survivors to subsequent generations. Examples of first-generation trauma survivors include enslaved African Americans; Jewish Holocaust survivors; and Native Americans who endured genocide. Trauma mechanisms, especially in the African American and Native American communities include poverty, violence, poor health, suicide, unemployment, addiction, and hopelessness are widespread.

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Why Black Lives Matter (Too) – A Revolutionary Call to Action

The Black Lives Matter movement evolved as a protest against police brutality against unarmed black men. This book extends beyond police brutality to revolutionize the national conversation about racial injustice and inequality and advocate for freedom and justice for all […]

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