Stalin’s Purge and Its Impact on Russian Families

A Pilot Study
  • Katharine G. Baker
  • Julia B. Gippenreiter
Part of the The Plenum Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


This chapter describes a preliminary research project jointly undertaken during the winter of 1993–1994 by a Russian psychologist and an American social worker. The authors first met during KGB’s presentation of Bowen Family Systems Theory (BFST) at Moscow State University in 1989. During frequent meetings in subsequent years in the United States and Russia, the authors shared their thoughts about the enormous political and societal upheaval occurring in Russia in the 1990s. The wider context of Russian history in the 20th-century and its impact on contemporary events, on the functioning of families over several generations, and on the functioning of individuals living through turbulent times was central to these discussions.


Communist Party Party Member Maternal Grandmother Paternal Grandmother Active Protest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katharine G. Baker
    • 1
  • Julia B. Gippenreiter
    • 2
  1. 1.WilliamburgUSA
  2. 2.Psychology FacultyMoscow State UniversityMoscowRussia

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