The American Dream: Racism Towards Latino/as in the U.S. and the Experience of Trauma Symptoms

  • Hector L. Torres Center for Latino/a Mental Health at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Abstract

Latino/as are the largest and fastest growing ethnic group in the U.S. Yet, they may constantly face overt and covert racist incidents. Discrimination and racism have been shown to be chronic life stressors associated with negative mental health outcomes for Latino/as in the U.S.  Nonetheless, mental health professionals are often ill-equipped to assess and integrate these issues into treatment.  This article examines the current state of racism in the U.S. and suggests that this issue can be conceptualized as a traumatic event, with dynamics that mimic those demonstrated in conjunction with other types of trauma, such as some forms of interpersonal violence.

Author Biography

Hector L. Torres, Center for Latino/a Mental Health at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Director Center for Latino/a Mental Health and Assistant Professor for the Masters in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Published
2013-01-03
How to Cite
Torres, H. L. (2013). The American Dream: Racism Towards Latino/as in the U.S. and the Experience of Trauma Symptoms. Revista Interamericana De Psicologia/Interamerican Journal of Psychology, 45(3). https://doi.org/10.30849/rip/ijp.v45i3.166