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The uncounted casualties of war: epigenetics and the intergenerational transference of PTSD symptoms among children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans in Australia

O'Brien, Kenneth J. (2007) The uncounted casualties of war: epigenetics and the intergenerational transference of PTSD symptoms among children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans in Australia. [Working Paper] (Unpublished)

Abstract

Knowledge is building about the heritability of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans. These children and grandchildren remain uncounted due to lack of recognition by the medical and social models. This lack of recognition enables them to fall through the gaps in our management systems. Several theorists have made assertions that attempt to explain the heritability of PTSD from genetic, social and environmental perspectives, but simply perpetuate it. Current trends in research are starting to investigate a complex integration of these perspectives that attempt to explain the heritability of a debilitating condition that has plagued humanity for generations past, and, perhaps, generations to come. This issue is discussed in relation to the relatively new perspective of Epigenetics. This paper reviews what we have come to understand as PTSD and debates the dominant paradigms that perpetuate its heritability and enable the existence of gaps in management systems.

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ID Code: 13794
Item Type: Working Paper
Keywords: epigenetics, genetics, PTSD, post, traumatic, stress, disorder, trauma, inherited, Vietnam, veteran, Australia, Australian, children, grandchildren, environment, genetic, transference
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Ken O'Brien
Deposited On: 16 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2014 14:40

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