A New Approach to Aiding Black male trauma survivors


In a collaborative new study between the School of Nursing and Drexel University, researchers have peeled back the layers of what causes and prevents many trauma-surviving Black men from seeking needed professional behavioral health care. The study examines facilitators and barriers to what prompted 32 men to seek care from a Level 1 trauma center—people who experienced traumatic stress following a traumatic injury.

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On the implications for future research, PISC Executive Board Member Therese Richmond, PhD, says "Understanding different pathways to help-seeking behavior may identify new approaches to aiding Black men who are victims of trauma. Somewhat akin to a precision medicine approach, future examination of these pathways may help to develop theories about the utilization of behavioral health services for Black men that are based on their experiences rather than the assumption that all Black men who are trauma survivors have a single perspective on seeking help.”

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