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.
Urban Black and Latinx youth are disproportionately exposed to community violence.
There is limited qualitative research using a community-trauma framework.
Trauma-informed care and community-based organizations for youth is crucial.
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The first author was supported by a National Institute on Drug Abuse T 32 Training Grant (5T32 DA07233). This study was supported by the Drug Free Communities Grant (DFC) Initiative (Grant #SP022-19-01), funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Points of view, opinions, and conclusions in this paper do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Government.
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Opara, I., Lardier, D.T., Metzger, I. et al. “Bullets Have no Names”: A Qualitative Exploration of Community Trauma Among Black and Latinx Youth. J Child Fam Stud 29, 2117–2129 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-020-01764-8
- Community trauma
- Drug use