Can Trauma Be Passed From Parent to Child?
Call it PTSD: The Next Generation. Studies have shown that traumatic experiences don't just affect those who live them - they also affect their offspring, through chemical tags that pass from mother to child. This epigenetic inheritance theory has been borne out in studies on Holocaust and 9/11 survivors, but for the children of indigenous Canadians who were forced into abusive residential schools, forewarned is forearmed. Canada's now putting an emphasis on resurrecting and preserving First Nations culture - and helping heal the inherited wounds of young native populations.