What is it about?

Haitian children's trauma adjustment has three dimensions: an integration of resilience and vulnerability; the family, house, and environment feeling safe; and the child feeling alienated, ineffective, and damaged. These three dimensions are explained from an Africentric spiritual worldview of suffering and endurance and on the basis of the assessment literature on disaster and continuous trauma for children in international settings.

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Why is it important?

There is very little information on the mental health and healing of people in Haiti. This study culturally adapted various child projective and objective measures in language, administration, scoring, and interpretation and showed meaningful results on Haitian children's adjustment and maladjustment. There are implications for mental health care and education for poor urban people in Haiti.


This is a very important publication for me because I may be among very few Asians who are first authors of a study on the African diaspora in the Journal of Black Psychology.

Gargi Roysircar Roysircar
Antioch University

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This page is a summary of: Haitian Children’s Disaster Trauma: Validation of Pictorial Assessment of Resilience and Vulnerability, Journal of Black Psychology, April 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0095798419838126.
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