Breaking negative family cycles

Problems do not have to be passed from one generation to the next. Researchers looked at families where mothers either continued or broke away from family cycles of abuse. They found that abused mothers who did not abuse their own children had one or more of the following things going for them:1

• They had a stable, supportive relationship with a husband or partner.

• They had participated in therapy.

• They had received emotional support from a non-abusive adult during childhood.

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