A Critical Analysis of the Literature on Historical Trauma and African American Women
Traditional trauma psychology theorists and researchers have focused on universal properties of individual trauma and its intrapsychic effects. There is a growing body of literature addressing the impact of culture and the need for an understanding of trauma that is more reflective of communal and marginalized groups. Research that addresses the specific needs and experiences of African American women has also increased. However, the two bodies of literature have not been integrated to support a culturally syntonic understanding of trauma and African American women. In this project, I will review literature on trauma in light of themes from African-centered psychology, paying special attention to three areas: the redefinition of pathology, communal consciousness, and spiritness. I will provide an overview on the history of trauma literature in the field of psychology and explore the value of understanding historical trauma narratives when working with African American women. Culminating in a discussion of how the following dimensions can be integrated in clinical work with Black women: clinician’s critical self-exploration, clinical training and supervision, group therapy, bibliotherapy, and spirituality.
PSYD in Clinical Psychology
Pak, Jenny H.
African Americans, Psychic trauma in literature, Group psychotherapy, Bibliotherapy, Psychotherapy.
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