8. What about trans-generational trauma?

The Trans-generational nature of children’s traumas can often be seen when we consider the history of birth parents. In our experience very few parents set out to traumatise their children. However very often the parents of traumatised children were themselves traumatised as children and have carried patterns of parenting learned as babies and children into their role as parents; having no role model to provide positive parenting they repeat the patterns they learned as children. (NSPCC research briefing, June 2014)