Rethinking historical trauma.

  title={Rethinking historical trauma.},
  author={Laurence J Kirmayer and Joseph P. Gone and Joshua Moses},
  journal={Transcultural psychiatry},
  volume={51 3},
Recent years have seen the rise of historical trauma as a construct to describe the impact of colonization, cultural suppression, and historical oppression of Indigenous peoples in North America (e.g., Native Americans in the United States, Aboriginal peoples in Canada). The discourses of psychiatry and psychology contribute to the conflation of disparate forms of violence by emphasizing presumptively universal aspects of trauma response. Many proponents of this construct have made explicit… CONTINUE READING