Intergenerational Transmission of Traumatic Stress
Millions of U.S. parents have experienced trauma, putting them at risk for maladaptive parenting practices, which then confer vulnerabilities to their children. This study aims to enhance understanding of how parental emotional dysregulation associated with traumatic stress impedes effective parenting. The study employs neurophysiological methods (electroencephalogram; EEG) to address some of the challenges inherent in the study of emotion (particularly in trauma-exposed individuals) and to identify potential biomarkers of traumatic stress and response to intervention.
- Parent/caregiver (must be legal guardian) of a 3- to 6-year-old child
- Child must cohabitate with the parent/caregiver
- Parent/caregiver participant must have experienced some form of interpersonal trauma during their own childhood (e.g., abuse, neglect, witnessing domestic violence)
- Parent/caregiver must be English-speaking
- Parent/caregiver must have access to internet and Webcam
- Does not meet inclusion criteria
- Parent/legal guardian does not want the child to participate in the study
- Significant neurological disorder (included in pre-screening protocol)
- Active psychosis/mania (as assessed by staff)
- Significant child developmental delays (as assessed by staff) Families excluded from the study will be provided with a list of online and/or community resources.