An Intersectional-Contextual Approach to Racial Trauma Exposure Risk and Coping Among Black Youth

Chardée A. Galán, Evan E. Auguste, Naila A. Smith, Jocelyn I. Meza

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Black youth experience racial discrimination at higher rates than other racial/ethnic groups in the United States. To identify how racism can simultaneously serve as a risk factor for adverse childhood experience (ACE) exposure, a discrete type of ACE, and a post-ACE mental health risk factor among Black youth, Bernard and colleagues (2021) proposed the culturally informed ACEs (C-ACE) model. While an important addition to the literature, the C-ACE model is framed around a single axis of race-based oppression. This paper extends the model by incorporating an intersectional and ecodevelopmental lens that elucidates how gendered racism framed by historical trauma, as well as gender-based socialization experiences, may have implications for negative mental health outcomes among Black youth. Clinical and research implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-595
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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