Seeing Race in the Research on Youth Trauma and Education: A Critical Review

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The growing body of scholarship on youth trauma in educational contexts has yielded promising discoveries about resources, programs, and practices that may improve success outcomes for trauma-exposed youth in U.S. schools. However, there is a lack of systematic review of this research from a race-conscious perspective. This article uses a racialization framework to examine how trauma is discussed in the literature with respect to youth in preK–12 educational contexts. This review sheds light on the potential ways a structurally racist and White supremacist system can shape students’ experiences with trauma and the dominant explanatory frames for discussing and addressing trauma. Finally, this article contributes ideas for conducting race-conscious trauma research, shifting trauma discourses, and building race-conscious pathways for supporting trauma-exposed youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-626
Number of pages44
JournalReview of Educational Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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