Screening and Assessment of Trauma in Clinical Populations
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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.
KeywordsScreening Assessment Standardized instruments Growth Resilience Trauma-informed care Coming out People of color Youth Development
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