Patterns across generations

Some family characteristics are likely to be passed on from one generation to the next.The reasons may be due to genetics, similar ways of living, parenting styles, modeling of behaviors and coping strategies, or a combination of these and other factors.The good news is that positive, secure attachment relationships are often passed on to more than one generation. (For a description of attachment relationships, see fact sheets #2 and #3.) The bad news is that negative relationships and problems also can be passed on to more than one gener-ation.These problems can include child abuse and neglect, alcohol and drug abuse, domestic violence, criminal behaviors, and mental illness.

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