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ERIC Number: EJ796630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1077-7229
Assessment of Trauma History and Trauma-Related Problems in Ethnic Minority Child Populations: An INFORMED Approach
de Arellano, Michael A.; Danielson, Carla Kmett
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v15 n1 p53-66 Feb 2008
Youth who experience traumatic events are at risk for a range of negative outcomes, including posttraumatic stress disorder, other anxiety disorders, depression, substance use, and health risk behaviors. It is important to identify valid methods to assess individuals for exposure to traumatic events, as well as the types of problems or symptoms they may be experiencing as a result of these events. An individual's cultural values, beliefs, and practices can affect the ways that trauma-related sequelae are manifested and presented upon evaluation. Obtaining information about a child's ethnic background, including cultural beliefs and practices, can be a useful component of a trauma assessment. In this paper, the authors will (a) review standard guidelines for assessment of trauma in the general population; (b) present an argument for modification of standard trauma assessment strategies used with culturally diverse populations; (c) describe the culturally INFORMED model, comprised of 8 empirically based recommendations for modifying trauma assessment of culturally diverse populations; and (d) provide an example of how this model has been applied to a trauma assessment protocol with a Mexican immigrant population. Implications of how culturally modified assessment can be used to inform culturally modified cognitive-behavioral treatment of trauma symptoms in children also are addressed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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