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Historical Trauma and Social Work: What You Need To Know
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER.
Read the complete article at:
by Marcos J. Martinez, Ph.D., MSW, and Elisa Kawam, MSW, Ph.D.
The notion of a shared story over time is deemed historical
trauma (Mohatt, Thompson, Thai, & Tebes, 2014). Important to
illustrating sources of risk and markers of reduced health/mental
health, historical trauma places importance not just on the individual,
but in the communities’ experience of a negative event or events
Those with individual histories of trauma may be more likely to
experience negative behavioral health outcomes, as well as decreases in
daily functioning and quality of life. Compounding individual trauma is
historical trauma, defined as the “cumulative psychological and
emotional wounding across generations... [emanating] from massive group
trauma” (Brave Heart, Chase, Elkins, & Altschul, 2011, p. 283).
Starting in the 1960s, knowledge of historical trauma emerged from the
stories of those who endured the Holocaust and its impact on subsequent
generations, as well as the experiences of Japanese Americans placed in
internment camps after World War II (Evans-Campbell, 2008; Sotero,
2006). Finding that these two groups had endured persistent mass trauma
and that their children’s mental health was affected was groundbreaking
at that time and built the foundation for historical trauma research
In a study on Lakota elders, it was found that both individual
and family-wide mental health was affected by trauma. Elders reported
experiencing depression, difficulty showing emotion, shame,
over-dependence, isolation, anxiety, sadness, avoidance of culturally
significant places, loss of concentration, and constant thinking about
historical loss (i.e., language, indigenous land, and so forth) and how
alcoholism was affecting the community (Whitbeck, Adams, Hoyt, &
Chen, 2004). This research provided rich qualitative evidence of the
long-term impact that historical trauma had on the psychological and
emotional well-being of the population affected.
Populations that have historically experienced mass trauma tend
to have a higher prevalence of chronic disease several generations later
(Sotero, 2006). Generally, historical trauma consists of three
elements: 1) a traumatic event, 2) the shared experience of the trauma
by a group of people, and 3) the multigenerational impact of such trauma
(Mohatt et al., 2014). Historical trauma is described as collective
trauma that is inflicted on a group of people based on their identity or
affiliation related to ethnicity, religious background, and nationality
(Evans-Campbell, 2008). Some examples of collective/mass trauma include
the experience of indigenous boarding schools, forced relocation of
people, enslavement, biological warfare, ethnic cleansing,
incarceration, and genocide (Evans-Campbell, 2008; Mohatt et al., 2014;
Sotero, 2006). These experiences can be damaging on a physical and/or
emotional level for the group/community, and the trauma can then be
transmitted epigenetically to future generations, especially if
descendants strongly identify with their family culture/heritage
Historical Response and Loss
Although many conceptualizations of trauma in general have
focused on the individual effects, namely the micro and mezzo levels,
historical trauma originates as a macro-level concept for investigating
how a population exposed to long-term mass trauma is affected over time
and generations (Sotero, 2006). Historical Trauma Response (HTR) refers
to the reactions that individuals and communities experience as a result
of such long-term oppressive events. Some HTRs include survivor’s
guilt, depression, intrusive thinking about past events/loved ones,
emotional numbing, dissociation, and unpleasant thoughts/nightmares
Most historical trauma research/prevention work over the past two
decades has focused on Native populations, although the concept has
been applied to groups of people who have been oppressed historically,
including Armenian refugees, African Americans, and Palestinian youth,
as a few examples (Mohatt et al., 2014). In the Native American context,
historical trauma is usually associated with the experience of mass
genocide/forced relocation inflicted by white colonists (Brave Heart et
al., 2011). Historical loss in this regard is one way in which
historical trauma is measured/assessed, specifically the loss of life
and culture/language. A previously mentioned study by Whitbeck and
colleagues (2004) found that individuals who were many generations
removed from the mass trauma still showed intense emotional suffering.
Editor’s Note: This excerpt is from the Spring 2018 issue of THE NEW SOCIAL WORKER. Read the complete article at:
Here are some highlights from the Spring 2018 issue:
Student Role Model - Cindy Camacho (in PDF format only)
What are social workers' ethical obligations when they live in
small communities and dual relationships are unavoidable? Boundaries can
be complex, with no simple or perfect solutions.
LinkedIn is the most powerful networking site available today. Have
you created your professional profile and checked out all the site has
to offer your social work career?
The growing Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) movement helps
individuals identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental
illness. Social workers are among both the trainers and the trainees.
Historical trauma has emerged as a critical area of study in
understanding and addressing long-term health problems in communities.
You're finally done with classes and assignments. People are suggesting you find a mentor. Is that really necessary?
Technology in higher education is constantly changing. Students and faculty continue to adapt to these changes.
Disabled women are at significant risk of experiencing severe
domestic violence. Social workers must become informed about the issue
and work to become better allies.
The Academy Awards ceremony usually features some social
commentary. What would you say if you had a worldwide audience (and with
social media, you do)?
Book review of Helping the Suicidal Person
Book review of Irvin Yalom's Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir
Book review of Human-Animal Interactions: A Social Work Guide
Book review of Funded! Successful Grantwriting for Your Nonprofit
Book review of Managing the Psychological Impact of Medical Trauma: A Guide for Mental Health and Health Care Professionals.
...and more! For the full Table of Contents and full text of all articles in this issue, please download the PDF.
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