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J Evid Based Soc Work. 2014;11(3):256-68. doi: 10.1080/15433714.2012.759463.

Intergenerational families of holocaust survivors: designing and piloting a family resilience template.

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a Transcending Trauma Project, Council for Relationships , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , USA.


Researchers from the Templeton study, "Forgiveness, Resiliency, and Survivorship Among Holocaust Survivors," and the Transcending Trauma Project, combined efforts to examine six transcripts of interviews with survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. The researchers focused on the nature of parent-child family dynamics before, during, and after the Holocaust. They refined a Family Resilience Template (FRT) originally based on an ecological-systems design, adding an attachment theory component and a quantitative methodology. The goal of the research project was to pilot the FRT by further defining terms and adding a Quality of Family Dynamics Paradigm to encompass an intergenerational dimension. The researchers arrived at a consensus of item definitions, establishing the initial face validity of the FRT.


Family Resilience Template; Holocaust survivors; Quality of Family Dynamics Paradigm; adaptive intergenerational family dynamics

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