Cultural Betrayal Trauma

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Cultural betrayal trauma is a form of trauma that involves feeling betrayed or abused by members of one’s own cultural in-group, for example by other people of the same race or ethnicity. This scholarly article provides an introduction to cultural betrayal trauma theory, with a short video and links to additional resources.

“In this short video [2019], Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez explains cultural betrayal trauma theory and discusses her article, ‘Isn’t It All About Victimization? (Intra)Cultural Pressure and Cultural Betrayal Trauma in Ethnic Minority College Women,’ which was published in Violence Against Women.”