Screening and Assessment of Trauma in Clinical Populations

  • Brian HurleyEmail author
  • Kenny Lin
  • Suni Niranjan Jani
  • Kevin Kapila


Clinicians should be prepared to screen for and assess trauma in LGBT populations given the prevalence of trauma among these patients. A trauma-informed context (awareness, safety, and autonomy) optimizes these efforts. Specialized screening and assessment considerations are relevant given the unique cultural context experienced by LGBT people, and clinicians can play a crucial role in facilitating resilience in those who have experienced trauma. Clinicians should tailor assessment instruments to evaluate LGBT-specific traumatic and stressful experiences. Healthcare providers should approach LGBT individuals with openness, humility, and a genuine curiosity to understand.


Screening Assessment Standardized instruments Growth Resilience Trauma-informed care Coming out People of color Youth Development 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Hurley
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kenny Lin
    • 2
  • Suni Niranjan Jani
    • 3
  • Kevin Kapila
    • 4
  1. 1.Los Angeles County Department of Mental HealthRobert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, David Geffen School of Medicine of the University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Massachusetts General Hospital, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry DepartmentBostonUSA
  3. 3.Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Department, Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care 6AMassachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Fenway Health, Fenway South EndBostonUSA

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