ResearchPublications

“Bullets have no names”: A qualitative exploration of community trauma among Black and Latinx youth
Abstract

Repeated exposure to violent crime and drug use among youth of color can have negative health and behavioral outcomes. Using a community trauma theoretical framework, this qualitative study examines the lived experiences of Black and Latinx youth living in an under-resourced community with high levels of violent crime. Data were collected through eleven focus groups comprising of (N = 59) youth. Common themes arose including daily occurrences of witnessing gun violence, feelings of hopelessness, and lack of opportunities among youth. Implications highlight the importance of youth serving community-based organizations to nurture resilience and community healing within trauma-exposed neighborhoods.

Full citation:
Opara I, Lardier DT, Metzger I, Herrera A, Franklin L, Garcia-Reid P, Reid RJ (2020).
“Bullets have no names”: A qualitative exploration of community trauma among Black and Latinx youth
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29 (8), 2117-2129. doi: 10.1007/s10826-020-01764-8.