Employment of trauma informed principles in the Palabras Fuertes project: Implications for narrative research with older Latinx communities

David Camacho, Anindita Bhattacharya, Kiara Moore, Maria P. Aranda, Ellen P. Lukens

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Abstract

In the US, there is a growing number of older Latinx communities. Qualitative approaches such as narrative inquiry may be fruitful endeavors to elucidate their lived experiences. However, older Latinx communities, including sexual minorities, are disproportionately exposed to social, health, and historical challenges that may result in exposure to potentially traumatic events (e.g. discrimination, illness, grief, etc.). The recognition of high rates of exposure to potentially traumatic events among participants has led to the recommended adoption of Trauma Informed (TI) principles for use in non-trauma specific research. At present, there are limited examples and discussions about the implementation of TI principles in qualitative research and our literature review yielded no discussion of the use of TI principles in narrative inquiry or with older Latinx communities. In this manuscript, we advocate for the adoption of TI principles when engaging in narrative inquiry with older Latinx adults. Second, we discuss examples of TI guided practices we employed while conducting the Palabras Fuertes study of life history narratives with older Latino immigrant gay men living in New York City. Finally, based on these experiences, we provide recommendations for incorporating TI into future narrative research with older Latinx communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-373
Number of pages15
JournalMethodological Innovations
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2023

Keywords

  • Latinx
  • LGBTQ+
  • life history
  • narrative
  • older adults
  • recruitment
  • reflexivity
  • trauma informed

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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