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The intergenerational transference of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans in Australia: An argument for a genetic origin. Review of current literature

O'Brien, Kenneth J. (2004) The intergenerational transference of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder amongst children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans in Australia: An argument for a genetic origin. Review of current literature. In Bailey, C., Cabrera, D., & Buys, L. (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century Conference; Centre for Social Change Research; Queensland University of Technology.

Abstract

Where does Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have its origins? Does it have a genetic basis, or is it a learned psychological response to a severe life-endangering experience? If PTSD has genetic origins, then this condition could be passed down from one generation to the next and put the offspring at risk for developing or acquiring related conditions. If PTSD is a learned condition from our environment, then it could be ‘taught’ to our children. In either case, there is an increasing awareness in the behavioural research community that more young people are being diagnosed with PTSD than before. This paper examines a current trend in recent research that proposes a radical, yet rational perspective.

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ID Code: 650
Item Type: Conference Paper
ISBN: 1741070813
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Ken J. O'Brien
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2012 19:42

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