Intergenerational trauma is defined as the transmission of historical oppression and its negative consequences across generations.
An emerging line of research is exploring how historical and cultural traumas affect survivors’ children for generations to come. It is present in many communities in today’s society. Just a few examples: Indigenous communities, Black Communities, and holocaust survivors.
In fact, intergenerational trauma, or transgenerational trauma, is what happens when untreated trauma-related stress experienced by survivors is passed on to second and subsequent generations. It can be a big trauma like slavery or small trauma like dieting.
In today’s episode, we welcome back one of our favorite experts, Dr. Carolyn Ross MD to teach us about this topic. Dr. Carolyn Ross is an MD, pioneer in the use of Integrative Medicine for the treatment of Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Addiction.
Dr. Ross recently completed a TED X talk on Intergenerational trauma considers her own experience with segregation as a black woman in the South of the USA.
What you’ll learn listening to this episode on Intergenerational Trauma
- What is intergenerational trauma
- What research is telling us about the side effects of Intergenerational Trauma
- The trauma of slavery for black people
- The trauma of dieting passes on from mother to daughter
- Interrupting the intergenerational trauma
Mentioned in the show:
Quiz-Test your relationship to food
Register for Intuitive Eating Project
Anti-Racism commitment & Resources