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How Patterns of Victimization Among LGBTQ Individuals Impact Mental and Physical Health
Date posted: 08/22/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
This study explored different patterns of victimization among LGBTQ individuals and the relationship to mental and physical health outcomes. Findings suggested polyvictimization was an important risk factor and that there is a diversity among LGBTQ individuals with regard to victimization classes and across different gender identities.  
Understanding Economic Impacts of Policies that Further Traumatize Immigrant Children
Date posted: 08/13/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
Approximately 33 million children migrate from one country to another each year and an estimated 17 million of whom were displaced due to conflict and violence (UNICEF, 2020). In the United States (U.S.), media attention has focused primarily on the tens of thousands of children migrating from Central America. Child migration across the southern border of the U.S. is not a recent phenomenon, but many recent policy changes and executive orders may have lasting impacts on our system of immigration and the children caught in the middle. To assess the potential economic impact of recent immigration policy changes, we conducted a pilot study through a collaboration through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) with investigators from the University of Maryland, Boston College, and Duke University. 
President's Message
Date posted: 07/30/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
The 2020 ISTSS Annual Meeting theme on addressing challenges in meeting the needs of underserved communities, although selected long in advance of the current moment, appears strangely prescient of the moment we are in. As we watch the unfolding impact of the global pandemic, it has amplified existing disparities and has disproportionately impacted vulnerable communities. Deaths from COVID-19 are higher among Black, Brown and Indigenous people, both within and outside of the United States.
Trauma and Diversity: The Effects of Racism-Related Stress on Health Among Black Americans
StressPoints
Date posted: 07/30/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
In 2019, the American Academy of Pediatrics identified racism as an insidious social determinant of health with chronic and sustained adverse health effects across the lifespan
 (Trent, Dooley, & Dougé, 2019). There continues to be a growing call for health care systems, health care professionals and research scientists to acknowledge the role of racism in the lives of marginalized communities. This acknowledgment can aid in the development of holistic strategies to optimize care for these populations. In our current sociopolitical climate of unrest that is laden in the systemic perpetuation of injustice, the need to consider how systemic and interpersonal racism “gets under the skin” to affect health is vital.
How do Black Men Seek Psychological Help after Trauma?
Date posted: 06/23/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
How and why people seek help after a traumatic event remains an area ripe for study. We know that trauma symptoms can be a potential barrier to seeking psychological help though in some cases they may serve to facilitate help seeking. Given the burden of racism in the US, Black men often feel these barriers most potently.
Pride Month During A Global Pandemic
Date posted: 06/1/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
June is Pride month worldwide for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+. In recognition of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969, it is a time to celebrate the resiliency of the community, reflect on the progress we have seen in acceptance, and continue to advocate for increased rights and legal protection.
Using Latent Class Analysis to Support ICD-11 Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Diagnosis in a Sample of Homeless Adults
Date posted: 06/26/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
Complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD) is a new diagnosis that recognises that different types of traumatic experiences can impact individuals in ways that the more established diagnosis of PTSD does not capture (World Health Organization, 2018: WHO). The distinction might best be conveyed by considering the way an individual could internalise the experience of surviving a serious car accident, or terrorist attack, with the way another individual internalises repetitive childhood sexual abuse. We investigated the CPTSD model with a group of people who have experienced homelessness and trauma in Australia.
LGBT Service Members Report More Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment and Stalking than their Cisgender Heterosexual Peers
Date posted: 04/1/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
In the United States military, approximately 1 in 16 service members identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual (LGB), or transgender (Meadows et al., 2018). Military environments marked by sexual prejudice and discrimination can create an atmosphere where acts of sexual harassment and assault are normalized (Castro et al., 2015; Hunter, 2007; Sadler et al., 2003). Understanding the burden of sexual and stalking victimization among LGBT service members is crucial for military leaders, as well as clinicians and researchers working to promote and protect LGBT service members’ well-being.
Clinician's Corner: Sí se Puede: Prolonged Exposure Psychotherapy with Latinx Survivors of Sexual Assault
StressPoints
Date posted: 02/26/2020
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
There is a robust literature demonstrating the efficacy and effectiveness of evidence-based, trauma-focused treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) such as prolonged exposure therapy (PE; Cusack et al., 2016; Watkins, Sprang, & Rothbaum, 2018). PE treatment consists of imaginal exposure, which involves leading clients through repeated in-session revisiting of the traumatic memories and processing related thoughts and feelings, and in vivo exposure, repeated approaching of safe trauma reminders that have been previously avoided.
Comparison between Women-Only and Mixed-Gender Intensive PTSD Treatment for Female Veterans
Date posted: 08/2/2019
Topic: Diversity and Multicultural Issues
Women veterans diagnosed with PTSD are an especially rapidly growing subgroup of VHA patients (Washington, Davis, Der-Martirosian, & Yano, 2013), constituting 10.3% of all those diagnosed with PTSD in 2015. With the recognition that women veterans with PTSD have often experienced different types of trauma and have different needs than men, specialized intensive treatment is also offered in two specialized intensive Women’s Treatment Rehabilitation Programs (Karlin et al., 2010).
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