Intergenerational Effects of Poor Parenting

Judy Cameron

Social Policy, Service Delivery, Brain Architecture, Stress

October 2014

Dr. Judy Cameron (Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh) shares her experiences engaging low-income communities to prevent the intergenerational transmission of poor parenting skills. Dr. Cameron explains how child neglect, another form of toxic stress that is more common than abuse, results in social development and learning problems. She found that adults who were neglected or abused as children often created the same toxic environments for their own children. To break the intergenerational transmission cycle, Dr. Cameron implemented a novel program that engaged seniors to provide serve-and-return interventions to at-risk children.

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