SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Generational trauma is still a relatively new field of study that has gained immense popularity with various researchers and the rest of society. There are several contributing factors to generational trauma being explored and examined so researchers can reduce the effects on both parents and offspring. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] (2021) describes Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) as trauma or a significant stressor that occurs during childhood, and trauma in itself significantly impacts families and individual functioning. It is essential to continue the research on generational trauma to help families create a healthier living environment and a better mental health state. Research is also continuing to expand on the effects on offspring, the role of epigenetics, and long-term effects to gain a better understanding of why generational trauma is so prevalent and impacting many families. There is speculation regarding generational trauma and its credibility because of limitations within the research and the spreading of misinformation that has gained popularity among the public. By examining research, the credibility of epigenetics, and ways to reduce or mitigate generational trauma, more studies can evaluate and better their research to gain a deeper and more credible understanding of generational trauma. This review aims to explore different articles and research to understand how relevant generational trauma is and the effects it presents on both parents and offspring.

Faculty Advisor

Brooke Mann



Submission Type

in-person poster




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