Psychological Consequences of Injury in Urban Black Men

Funded by the National Institutes of Health (grant number R01NR013503)

The nexus of injury and black males in urban environments is well-known and so accepted that when an urban black male is injured, it is reported as a statistic, rarely associated with a name, and not reported on the front page of the newspaper. These injured men are typically transported to trauma centers where they are resuscitated, surgically repaired, and rapidly returned to the community. Little if any attention is paid to the psychological effects of the injury. We have enrolled 621 seriously injured Black men to better understand who is at highest risk for the emergence of post-injury depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after injury and how to best identify those most in need of services to optimize recovery. Importantly, we are examining the strategies these men use that enhance or detract from their recovery and their attitudes towards help-seeking after injury to design better interventions.

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