Description - Echoes of the Trauma by Jacques P. Barber
Echoes of trauma are traced in the relational narratives that the sons and daughters of Holocaust survivors tell about their experiences growing up in survivor families. An innovative combination of the Core Conflictual Relationship Theme (CCRT) method with narrative-qualitative analysis revealed common themes and emotional patterns that are played out in the survivors' children's meaningful relationships, especially in those with their parents. The relational world of the second generation is understood in the context of an intergenerational communication style called 'knowing-not knowing', in which there is a dialectical tension between knowing and not knowing the parental trauma. In the survivors' children's current parent-adolescent relationships with their own children, they aspire to correct the child-parent dynamics that they had experienced by trying to openly negotiate conflicts and to maintain close bonds. Clinicians treating descendents of other massive trauma would benefit from the insights offered into these complex intergenerational psychological processes.
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(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Cambridge University Press
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Author Biography - Jacques P. Barber
Hadas Wiseman is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Counseling and Human Development, Faculty of Education, University of Haifa, Israel. She is a member of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) and of the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR). She works in Israel and spent a sabbatical year in Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. Wiseman is also a certified clinical psychologist in private practice in Tivon, Israel, and is co-author of Conversation as Method: Analyzing the Relational World of People Who Were Raised Communally. Jacques P. Barber is Professor of Psychology, Center for Psychotherapy Research, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. He is President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research. He co-authored the Handbook of Brief Dynamic Therapies; Handbook of Dynamic Psychotherapy Research and Practice: A How-to-Do-Them Guide; and Dynamic Therapies for Psychiatric Disorders (Axis 1).