What is it about?

In this article, Black students attending a predominantly White southern university define racial trauma. They share that although racism is a common experience, based on either the severity or frequency the racist stressor, racial trauma may be experienced if a person doesn't deal with it or heal from it.

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Why is it important?

Black collegians are often at the forefront of racial justice movements, so their definition of key terms in the research on racism is essential to everyone's understanding of how racism impacts them.


This has been one of the most meaningful articles I've co-authored, because in amplifying the voices and experiences of Black students, the article is more likely to resonate with people outside of the academy. As the Founding Director of the Center for Healing Racial Trauma, I do this work scientifically and therapeutically, so this study provides the rationale for our therapeutic and consulting services.

Candice Hargons
University of Kentucky

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This page is a summary of: “White people stress me out all the time”: Black students define racial trauma., Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, January 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/cdp0000351.
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