John's Case Study: Intergenerational Trauma

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- A major biological barrier that is present in John’s case, is intergenerational trauma. As the case study suggests, John’s father attended a residential school. There is clear research and evidence that suggests that the effects of residential schools can impact the health, and mental wellness for generations within a family that faced an institutionalized form of trauma, specifically residential schools (Winter, 2012)
- There is no past distinct biological strength present within John’s case.

- A present biological barrier, is John’s recent diagnosis with type 2 diabetes. Another biological factor, is John’s dependency on alcohol, which can have detrimental effects on his health, especially with his new diabetes diagnosis.
- A present
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Furthermore, John has a clear dependence on alcohol, which can act as a barrier in addressing and helping him cope with his diabetes.
- A future biological strength that John possesses, is his ability to access medical professionals to assist him with his diabetes diagnosis, as well as addressing his alcohol dependency. Having medical assistance readily available, will hopefully provide John with a future where he is able to access services and help when he feels as though he is having a tough time adjusting to his diabetes, or if he feels like his alcohol dependency is becoming a problem.

- A past psychological factor is, once again, the effects of intergenerational trauma. As previously explained, the residential school system, often times impacts the mental wellness for generations. John’s father is a victim of the residential school system, and this past psychological trauma, can partly explain John’s coping
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Furthermore, the feeling of being more hopeful when he is drunk, poses the issue of John feeling hopeless when he is sober.
- A current psychological strength that John possesses, is the support system he has in his girlfriend, Emma. Despite the fact that John has not disclosed the severity of his alcohol dependence with her, she is still present in his life, and can act as a system of strength and support when he needs it.

- A future psychological factor that may arise, is John’s difficulty in emotionally adjusting and coping with his new diagnosis. John now has to live, and change his life, to incorporate his new diagnosis. Which is an understandably difficult emotion to process, as adjusting to illness, can bring feelings of despair and hopelessness (Coping with a diagnosis of chronic illness, n.d.).
- Once again, the psychological strength that John possesses, is the many support systems available to him. If he is facing some form of psychological trauma he has a support system in Emma, and with his

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