This paper assesses the adult children of traumatized military parents and their symptoms in the service of obtaining more information on the relationship with the other caregiver as a protective factor that possibly mitigated some of the intergenerational trauma transmission. Utilizing a qualitative retrospective design with an interpretive phenomenological inquiry strategy, participants engaged in reflection of their lived experiences in the context of being raised by a parent with a trauma diagnosis related to their military experience, major themes of protective factors include: Personal/psychological protective factors, Healthy Coping Strategies, Unhealthy Coping Strategies, Neutral Coping Strategies, and Positive Outcomes of Protective Factors. This study promotes the need for post-deployment psychological support services for veterans and their families in order to reduce intergenerational transmission of trauma. Services need to be provided to promote the development and enhancement of existing protective factors (e.g., understanding, other caregiver connection, and social support).

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Dissertations (PsyD) -- Psychology; Children of veterans -- Psychology; Psychic trauma -- Transmission -- Case studies; Families of military personnel

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Graduate School of Education and Psychology



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Bryant-Davis, Thema;