Advantages of stress process approaches for measuring historical trauma

Melissa L. Walls, Les B. Whitbeck

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Abstract

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
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2012

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Keywords

  • Historical loss
  • Historical trauma
  • Indigenous health

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Advantages of stress process approaches for measuring historical trauma. / Walls, Melissa L.; Whitbeck, Les B.

In: American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Vol. 38, No. 5, 01.09.2012, p. 416-420.

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