What is it about?

Black American men were interviewed to determine their experience during the racial pandemic. Questions regarding police, the American justice system, cultural trauma, and coping were asked. Results can be used to improve clinical services and policy.

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Why is it important?

As it pertains to Black American men's experience with cultural trauma five themes emerged. In addition to policy, the five emerging themes can be directly translated into cognitive–behavioral principles regarding therapeutic rapport, cultural adaptation, emphasis on positivity, and collaborative empiricism when working with Black American men.


The authors hope the findings from this study provide some meaningful insight into the potential lived experiences of Black American men. This insight will hopefully be translated into improved therapeutic rapport and a more nuanced understanding of the impact that policy and racial injustice has in working with some Black American men in clinical settings. The authors also hope that this qualitative research will be catalyst for future studies with translational value for Black American men.

Virgil Gregory Jr.
Indiana University, Indianapolis

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This page is a summary of: The racial pandemic experienced by Black American men: Cognitive–behavioral and structural implications., American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, October 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/ort0000651.
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