The overarching aim is to inform new strategies to reduce mental health disparities associated with trauma exposure. Multiple sources of acute and chronic stress combine to have a cumulative effect in the lives of ethnic minorities, giving rise to our use of the conceptual framework of allostatic load to:
- Describe the socio-cultural context in which violence occurs
- Examine cultural differences in the appraisal of traumatic events
- Identify protective and vulnerability factors within ethnic groups
- Characterize the expression of mental health symptoms and help-seeking that contribute to mental health disparities.