Intergenerational transmission of maternal war-related trauma experiences to their offspring’s well-being among Turkish Cypriots : mediator role of parenting styles

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2013
Özüorçun Küçükertan, Nurten
The current thesis aimed to study the possible intergenerational transmission of war-related trauma experiences of mothers on their offspring’s current psychological well-being among Turkish Cypriots. The mediator role of mother’s parenting styles within this possible transmission was investigated. In order to examine this relationship, 168 Turkish Cypriot mothers and their child was given different sets of questionnaires. The mothers reported their war-trauma exposure on “War-Trauma Exposure Scale” regarding 1963-74 Cyprus Conflict; whereas the offspring completed “Measure of Child Rearing Styles” for their mother’s child-rearing styles, and they reported their coping styles, personality traits, life satisfaction and symptomatology on “Turkish Ways of Coping Inventory”, “Basic Personality Traits Inventory”, “Satisfaction with Life Scale” and “Brief Symptom Inventory”. The age of the participants was ranging between 45-72 for mothers and 18-38 for the offspring. The mediator role of perceived maternal child-rearing styles and the predictors of child’s life satisfaction and symptomatology were analyzed. Results indicated that despite the maternal war-trauma exposure history was not reflected on their offspring in terms of psychopathology; the child’s v current satisfaction with life is significantly linked to maternal history of war-related trauma exposure. Moreover, the mother’s exposure to the war-trauma was found to be effective on their child-rearing practices that in turn predicted the offspring’s coping strategies. The findings of the study are discussed regarding the relevant literature and the clinical implications were drawn.

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N. Özüorçun Küçükertan, “Intergenerational transmission of maternal war-related trauma experiences to their offspring’s well-being among Turkish Cypriots : mediator role of parenting styles,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2013.