Racism and invisibility: Race-Related stress, emotional abuse and psychological trauma for people of color

Anderson J. Franklin, Nancy Boyd-Franklin, Shalonda Kelly

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Abstract

This article presents an overview of the complex experiences of racism and the invisibility syndrome as they relate to issues of race-related stress, emotional abuse, and psychological trauma for people of color. Racism, through domination, power, and White privilege, is manifested in its individual, institutional, and cultural forms. Race-related stress is discussed as an outcome of perceived racism creating emotional abuse and psychological trauma. Consequences of racism are considered for family and couple relationships. A case example is presented illustrating the issues of racism in the professional and personal development of a staff member in a mental health agency. Examples of interventions to combat racism are given, such as identifying resilience and strengths of people of color, and the role of the antiracist movement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRacism and Racial Identity
Subtitle of host publicationReflections on Urban Practice in Mental Health and Social Services
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Pages9-30
Number of pages22
Volume6
Edition2-3
ISBN (Print)9780203822395
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

Keywords

  • Antiracist movement
  • Invisibility syndrome
  • Microaggressions
  • Race-related stress
  • Racism
  • White privilege

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