Please note that there are two different conference venues:
June 14/15 - Century City Conference Centre
June 16 - Kirstenbosch Conference Centre (transportation available)
Wednesday, June 14 • 18:00 - 20:00
Intergenerational transmission of trauma and resilience: Biological and sociocultural narratives - Angela Veale

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Intergenerational transmission of trauma and resilience: Biological and sociocultural narratives
Presenter: Angela Veale (University College Cork, Ireland)
Co-Authors: Samantha Dockray 
Introduction: The individual and community experience of disasters are reasonably well-described, but how disaster experiences reverberate between people is under-examined.
Psychobiological models of familial attunements of response to experience, and examinations of community-cultural narratives of trauma have indicated the potential for harrowing experiences to be psychobiologically and socio-interpersonally transmitted across generations.  
Methods: Methodologically, this research amalgamates two previously distinct strategies to map psychobiological resilience and recover by plotting psychobiological and social responses to trauma, as they may be echoed or amplified across generations.  Families where one family member was involved in a disaster such as the Stardust Fire (Ireland), and have two other generations willing to participate, will be recruited; the research will be conducted in partnership with the commemorative committee. Narrative interviews, a tool to explore intergenerational transmission as it illuminates how people experience events and form narratives (McAdams, 2005; Crossley, 2007) 
Findings: The contribution of this research is to gain greater understanding of the correlates between biological and psychological responses to trauma, in particular the intergenerational transmission of resiliency and vulnerability across multiple interactive systems (psychobiological stress reactivity) and at multiple levels (the person, family and community).  


Angela Veale

University College Cork
Dr. at UCC As a researcher, Dr. Veale aims to contribute in the space between academic knowledge, policy and practice. She is interested in innovative and mixed research methodologies, in particular working with creative research methods. Her research and writing takes a socio-cultural... Read More →

Wednesday June 14, 2017 18:00 - 20:00
Century City Conference Centre Western Cape Town, South Africa

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