“Bullets Have no Names”: A Qualitative Exploration of Community Trauma Among Black and Latinx Youth

Ijeoma Opara, David T. Lardier, Isha Metzger, Andriana Herrera, Leshelle Franklin, Pauline Garcia-Reid, Robert J. Reid

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Abstract

Repeated exposure to violent crime and drug use among youth of color can have negative health and behavioral outcomes. Using a community trauma theoretical framework, this qualitative study examines the lived experiences of Black and Latinx youth living in an under-resourced community with high levels of violent crime. Data were collected through eleven focus groups comprising of (N = 59) youth. Common themes arose including daily occurrences of witnessing gun violence, feelings of hopelessness, and lack of opportunities among youth. Implications highlight the importance of youth serving community-based organizations to nurture resilience and community healing within trauma-exposed neighborhoods.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Community trauma
  • Drug use
  • Violence
  • Youth

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