Cultural Variation in Resilience as a Response to Traumatic Experience
Journal of Rehabilitation
Trauma is a universal experience for people living across the globe. However, the way in which trauma is interpreted, as well as the effects of trauma on an individual, are all influenced by the cultural lens through which the person views the event. Since rehabilitation counselors assist individuals from diverse cultures it is imperative that services are culturally informed. The need for rehabilitation counselors who are knowledgeable about cultural diversity is clearly stated in the CORE standards. This paper explores the variation in a resilient response to trauma within a cultural context. The diverse ways in which trauma is understood among different cultural orientations are contrasted, as well as subsequent resilient response to adversity. The implications of these findings for rehabilitation counselors are outlined, including therapeutic foundation, barriers to counseling and culturally appropriate treatment approaches.
Buse, N. A., Burker, E. J., & Bernacchio, C. (2013). Cultural variation in resilience as a response to traumatic experience. Journal of Rehabilitation, 79 (2), 15-23.