Abigail Gewirtz, PhD, Department of Family Social Science & Institute of Child Development, University of Minnesota; Marion Forgatch, PhD, Research Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center; Elizabeth Wieling, PhD, Family Social Science, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota.
Parenting Practices as Potential Mechanisms for Child adjustment Following Mass Trauma
Article first published online: 15 APR 2008
© 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume 34, Issue 2, pages 177–192, April 2008
How to Cite
Gewirtz, A., Forgatch, M. and Wieling, E. (2008), Parenting Practices as Potential Mechanisms for Child adjustment Following Mass Trauma. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 34: 177–192. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2008.00063.x
- Issue published online: 15 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 15 APR 2008
Trauma research has identified a link between parental adjustment and children’s functioning and the sometimes ensuing intergenerational impact of traumatic events. The effects of traumatic events on children have been demonstrated to be mediated through their impact on children’s parents. However, until now, little consideration has been given to the separate and more proximal mechanism of parenting practices as potential mediators between children’s adjustment and traumatic events. To shed some light in this arena, we review literature on trauma, adversity, and resilience, and discuss how parenting practices may mediate trauma and adverse environmental contexts. Using a social interaction learning perspective (Forgatch & Knutson, 2002; Patterson, 2005), we propose a prevention research framework to examine the role that parenting practices may play in influencing children’s adjustment in the wake of trauma exposure. The article concludes by providing a specific model and role for evidence-based parenting interventions for children exposed to mass trauma.