Clinical Social Work Journal

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 408–417 | Cite as

Identity and Trauma in Adolescents Within the Context of Political Violence: A Psychosocial and Communitarian View

  • Pau Pérez-Sales
Original Paper


The author explores the concept of identity as a frame of analysis in adolescents responding to various actual experiences of trauma. The author looks into numerous themes including the impact of broken identities, different ways of understanding the “victim identity”, the identities of trauma, the role of transitions, as well as identity dilemmas. By examining the experience of young Mapuche in South America, the experience of war and political violence in Mexico and el Salvador, the identity of displaced young people in Colombia, and a multilevel analysis of child suicides among the Embera ethnic group in Choco, Colombia, a psychosocial and communitarian analysis of the impact of violence and war on youth is offered.


Trauma Identity Adolescence Worldviews Political violence Latin America Colombia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Grupo de Acción Comunitaria (Community Action Group) Resource Center in Mental Health and Human RightsPost-Doctoral Program in Mental Health in Political Violence, Universidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain
  2. 2.Complex Trauma Unit - Psychiatry DepartmentHospital Universitario La PazMadridSpain

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