Intergenerational transmission of trauma is complex and multidimensional. Caregivers who have unresolved early life traumas are more likely to exhibit traumatic stress reactions and mental health symptoms. These caregivers become preoccupied with their own maladaptive perceptions of self, others, and the world. Children are left vulnerable to adverse childhood experiences and developmental trauma due to their dependence on caregivers for safety and security. The purpose of this literature review is to explore the implications of the intergenerational transmission of trauma and methods of intergenerational trauma prevention. Individual Psychology topics of holism, lifestyle, and social interest are explored in relation to the trauma-informed model of child-parent psychotherapy. A holistic prevention method of intergenerational trauma is proposed and utilizes the child-parent psychotherapy model through the lens of Individual Psychology.
Keywords: intergenerational trauma, attachment, child-parent psychotherapy, holism, socially embedded, Individual Psychology