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Exploring communication of traumatic experiences from Khmer Rouge genocide survivors to their offspring: In-depth interviews with both generations
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Epidemiology and Global Health.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Social Psychiatry, ISSN 0020-7640, E-ISSN 1741-2854, Vol. 62, no 4, 327-333 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

Background: Traumatic events experienced by parents who have survived genocide influence mental health among their offspring. This study aims at exploring how the communication of traumatic events between Khmer Rouge survivors and their offspring was perceived by both generations.

Methods: Qualitative interviews were performed with six Khmer Rouge survivors and with six young people representing the second generation and were analysed using a content analysis approach.

Discussion: Parents felt that informing their children was important to instill gratitude for living a better life and to empower them. Among children, this was met with empathy but sometimes also disbelief and at times they blamed their parents for being too submissive.

Conclusion: The study discloses the complexity, pros and cons of intergenerational sharing of trauma.

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2016. Vol. 62, no 4, 327-333 p.
Keyword [en]
Trauma, genocide, second generation, communication, qualitative analysis
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Social Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-124191DOI: 10.1177/0020764016631364ISI: 000378423200003PubMedID: 26896030OAI: diva2:951074
Available from: 2016-08-05 Created: 2016-07-28 Last updated: 2016-08-05Bibliographically approved

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