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The Legacy of Early Emotional and Physical Trauma


The Legacy of Early Emotional and Physical Trauma


Dr. Traverse argues that domestic violence, neglect, poverty and substance abuse are concerning issues in our society that are interrelated. Parents that have been subjected to such violence are at risk of imparting harm and trauma on their own children. These problems will continue to cyclically impact further generations unless society intercedes. The parents need huge support and education of alternative ways of parenting. Dr. Lionel Traverse, MD, FRCPC, Clinical Associate Professor Paediatrics, UBC Paediatrician

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