Race and Ethnocultural Factors: PTSD Monthly Update - October 2014

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Race and Ethnocultural Factors

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Does a person's race or ethnicity influence their experience of trauma or PTSD?

Some studies with Veterans suggest that certain race/ethnic subgroups have a higher rate of PTSD than White Veterans.

This may be related to several factors:

  • Non-White Servicemembers tend to have greater exposure to combat and other war zone stressors.
  • PTSD may be more likely after race-related warzone stressors, such as being able to identify with the enemy or being thought of as resembling the enemy.
  • Lower socioeconomic status and personal experiences of racial prejudice or discrimination are risk factors for PTSD.
  • A person's ethnicity or culture can affect how they interpret and react to severe stressors.

Ethnocultural norms may also impact how willing an individual is to report a trauma or seek mental health treatment. Individuals from diverse racial or ethnic backgrounds need to know that evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD can work for them.

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Aquí encontrará enlaces hacia hojas de información que le ayudarán a comprender de qué manera un trauma o eventos potencialmente mortales afectan a individuos y familias.

Resources for Military Families

Watch a video series on the ethnocultural aspects of PTSD for specific groups of Veterans and their families.

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For Providers

Working with Diverse Clients

The role of race and ethnicity are important to consider during PTSD assessment and treatment.

Learn about:

Continuing Education

PTSD 101: Cross-Cultural Considerations: Learn about cultural variations in interpretations of and reactions to trauma, as well assessment and treatment of ethnoculturally diverse clients.

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For VA Providers

2014 VA PTSD Consultation Program and Lecture Series


VA staff can sign up for VA Staff PTSD Updates and learn about the live lecture series.

Next Lecture in the Series

  • 11/19 at 2 pm ET - Michelle Drapkin, PhD on Applications of Motivational Interviewing (MI) in Veterans with PTSD

Mark your calendar for the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 2 pm ET.

PTSD Consultation Program

Free PTSD consultation for VA Staff working with Veterans.

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Research at the Center

Project VALOR

Investigators continue to expand the first registry of combat-exposed men and women with PTSD. This national PTSD registry will provide data on how PTSD changes over time and identify risk factors and co-occurring problems, including differences by gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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PTSD in the News

VA is critical to medicine and Vets. An op-ed piece by recently appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald in the Baltimore Sun. Read more.*

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Thank you,

The Staff of VA’s National Center for PTSD

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