Giving birth to the unborn: Processing the experience of sibling abortion and transgenerational trauma in groups

Ying Liu

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In this article, I will present a personal journey of making sense of the experience of sibling abortion under China’s Once-child Policy and transgenerational trauma related to China’s Cultural Revolution in a group analysis training group. The first part of this paper will reflect on and analyse how groups helped me to claim the identity as a mourner, allowed both the presence and absence of my unborn brother to become real, and offered me reparative family relationships when I dealt with my grief. Drawing on the concept of large-group identity and transgenerational transmission, the second part of this paper will explore how experiences in groups enabled me to discover and understand the transgenerational transmission of trauma related to the Cultural Revolution in my family.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGroup Analysis
Publication statusPublished - 7 Mar 2023

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