APHD Colloquium - March 24

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Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Gomez

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Topic: Cultural Betrayal Trauma in Marginalized Young Adults: The Role of Inequality

1:00PM - 2:30PM EST (Toronto Time)

*2:30PM-3:00PM = Student Q&A session with speaker via Zoom

Abstract: The legacy of societal inequality impacts marginalized youth and young adults, including their experience, meaning-making, and outcomes of interpersonal trauma. Created by Gómez (2012), cultural betrayal trauma theory (CBTT) highlights cultural betrayal in within-group violence in marginalized populations as a dimension of harm that affects mental, behavioral, and cultural health outcomes. In CBTT, within-group violence violates the (intra)cultural trust—solidary, love, loyalty, connection, responsibility—that is developed in-group to buffer against societal inequality. This violation, termed a cultural betrayal, can contribute to poorer outcomes. In this talk, I will first explain CBTT and detail its empirical support, with a focus on Black young adults in the U.S. I will close with micro- and macro-level implications for addressing and ultimately preventing violence in youth, including the importance of attuning to the context of inequality, discrimination, oppression, and second-class citizenship for marginalized trauma survivors.

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