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Collegium antropologicum, Vol.35 No.3 September 2011. -

Earlier experience of psychological trauma of a close person can through a transgenerational transfer influence traumatic

reactions of a person going through a trauma at present, resulting in a repetition of earlier traumatic experiences

and a development of a variety of mental disturbances. Purpose of our study was to evaluate the influence of transgenerational

transfer on the development of Posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD in women with diagnosed breast cancer

that had a family member with diagnosed cancer. The sample mainly consisted of 120 women treated in a Department

of Oncology, Osijek University Hospital Center with diagnosis of newly discovered breast cancer, during the

conduction of radio therapy having values Hamilton depression scale HAM-D from 8 to 24 or values Hamilton anxiety

scale HAM-A from 17 to 30. Psychotherapeutic interview with a detailed clinical overview and with applying diagnostic

criteria according to DSM-IV for mental disorders, specially structured non-standardized questionnaire for

etiologic factors evaluation of the beginning of examinees’ mental disorder, Los Angeles Symptom Checklist of PTSD

symptoms LASC, Hamilton’s scale for anxiety evaluation HAM-A and Hamilton’s scale for depression evaluation

HAM-D were used. Results show that 61 51% of patients have a family member with diagnosed cancer. The average

total value on LASC for examinees that had a family member with diagnosed cancer was slightly higher 22.92 in comparison

to those who had no such family member 20.88. No statistically significant connection was found between having

a family member with diagnosed cancer and the average total value on LASC. Although no connection was established

between having a family member with diagnosed cancer and the average value on LASC in women with diagnosed

breast cancer, transgenerational transfer of emotions seems to be important in their traumatic reactions, but it is

still insufficiently researched and it is a challenge for future researches leaving many complicated issues open.

breast cancer; transgenerational transfer; psychical trauma; liaison psychiatry



Author: Sanda Anton - Katarina Tomanović - Slobodan Mrđenović - Križo Katinić - Damir Gugić - Jelena Topić -

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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