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Racial Variations in the Psychobiology of Trauma

Does race as a seemingly biological factor contribute to the variation in the psychological outcome of trauma? This is a complex and yet under-investigated frontier question, given that the process of traumatization may involve both the sociocultural and genetic contexts. Because the two areas have not been well integrated, this entry addresses this question from various evidence-based perspectives and points to future directions.

Conceptualization of Racial Identity

As an important part of individuals' social identity (SI), race identity is intertwined with collective emotional experiences and behavioral reactions of certain racial groups. SI is a central part of personal identity, defined as a shared identity derived from membership with social groups, including those of race and ethnicity, as well as of age, gender, and religion. In this view, ...

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