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Fam Process. 2013 Jun;52(2):163-78. doi: 10.1111/famp.12023. Epub 2013 Mar 25.

Breaking the links in intergenerational violence: an emotional regulation perspective.

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Silver School of Social Work at New York University, New York, NY 10543, USA.


The saying "violence begets violence" is an apt descriptor of the cycle of family violence, as children who witness parental violence are at high risk for repeating family violence in their own adult intimate relationships. Neuroscience research suggests that emotional regulation may be an important link in the heritability of family violence, and promotes awareness of the importance of internalizing as well as externalizing responses to stress, neglect, and abuse. This study argues for a trauma-informed approach to identifying children and parents whose symptoms of emotional dysregulation may be otherwise overlooked, and for an expanded approach to treatment that incorporates family systems and emotional regulation strategies.

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