Tools for Treating Trauma-Related Disorders Among Latinos

  • Aileen Torres
  • Melany Rivera-Maldonado


Latinos reportedly experience high levels of trauma-related disorders, including PTSD, and may have a culturally variant presentation of anxiety and stress (i.e., ataque de nervios). Despite a high prevalence rate, Latinos are thought to underutilize mental health services in comparison to other ethnic groups. While there are limited resources available to clinicians who work with this population (specifically Spanish speakers), we hoped to provide some useful tools in this chapter. The purpose of this chapter was also to provide an overview of trauma-related disorders as they pertain to Latinos and their potentially unique presentations. We emphasize the symptoms with higher prevalence such as hypervigilance and flashbacks. Additionally, the evidence-based treatments that can be used with Latinos are summarized.


Trauma PTSD Hispanic Latino Spanish-speaking 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.YCS William Paterson UniversityWayneUSA
  2. 2.YCS Dr. Helen May Strauss Outpatient ClinicsUnion CityUSA

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