Advantages of stress process approaches for measuring historical trauma

Melissa L. Walls, Les B. Whitbeck

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Despite growing attention to historical trauma (HT) as a key mechanism for documented Indigenous health disparities like alcohol abuse, the complexities of conceptualizing and measuring HT-related constructs have limited empirical tests of these relationships. In this article, we review the current evidence surrounding one HT measure: the Historical Loss Scale. In addition, we provide examples of the benefits of treating historical cultural losses as stressors within sociological and Indigenous stress process models of health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)416-420
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012

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  • Historical loss
  • Historical trauma
  • Indigenous health


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