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Girls and Trauma: Performing Socio-Surgery through a Gender-Responsive Lens

  • Sherida V. MorrisonEmail author
  • T-awannda Piper
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Abstract

Adolescence is a precarious time in the development of girls. Faced with the complexities of biological changes, self-awareness, and family and peer relationships, the realities of trauma often amplify the need for social and emotional support. Statistical data and brain research reveal that girls are more prone to trauma and express the effects of trauma more often than boys. The impact of trauma can be physiological and psychological, from development through adulthood. The results of recent studies have led researchers to challenge the elasticity and resilience of girls because of the systemic and familial blows of trauma experienced by girls within certain socio-ecological environments. Socio-ecological breakdown has heightened girls’ vulnerability to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and the frequency in which they encounter them, and ACEs are known to increase the difficulties of achieving wellness. The strength of the socio-ecological environments surrounding girls can prevent and buffer the negative trajectories of childhood trauma. Gender-responsive approaches play a critical role in reducing the lasting effects of trauma, and a network of specialized practitioners can restore balance to socio-ecological environments affected by trauma. Practitioners can take on the role of “socio-surgeons” and, through a gender-responsive lens, can redirect the course of girls by utilizing strategies that are strength and relationship based, trauma informed, culturally competent, and holistic.

Keywords

Girls Trauma Gender Responsive Socio-ecological Trauma Posttraumatic stress disorder Traumaprint Socio-surgery Socio-surgeon Speciation Trauma-informed Adolescents Socio-environment Urban 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFPChicagoUSA
  2. 2.H.O.P.E. Network of SchoolsChicagoUSA

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