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Welcome to the Dr. Joy DeGruy LibGuide! Dr. DeGruy will be working with the Foothill-De Anza District this year while we address the theme A Year Of Breathing Life To Necessary And “Good Trouble”. Dr. DeGruy's work centers on the intersection of racism, violence, trauma, and chattel slavery. Explore the videos below for an introduction to this work, particularly her idea of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.
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Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome
The System of Racial Inequity
Dr. Joy DeGruy's Works
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome by
Publication Date: 2017-09-11
In the 16th century, the beginning of African enslavement in the Americas until the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment and emancipation in 1865, Africans were hunted like animals, captured, sold, tortured, and raped. They experienced the worst kind of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual abuse. Given such history, isn't it likely that many of the enslaved were severely traumatized? And did the trauma and the effects of such horrific abuse end with the abolition of slavery? Emancipation was followed by one hundred more years of institutionalized subjugation through the enactment of Black Codes and Jim Crow laws, peonage, convict leasing, domestic terrorism and lynching. Today the violations continue, and when combined with the crimes of the past, they result in yet unmeasured injury. What do repeated traumas, endured generation after generation by a people produce? What impact have these ordeals had on African Americans today? Dr. Joy DeGruy, answers these questions and more. With over thirty years of practical experience as a professional in the mental health field, Dr. DeGruy encourages African Americans to view their attitudes, assumptions, and behaviors through the lens of history and so gain a greater understanding of how centuries of slavery and oppression have impacted people of African descent in America. Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome helps to lay the necessary foundation to ensure the well-being and sustained health of future generations and provides a rare glimpse into the evolution of society's beliefs, feelings, attitudes and behavior concerning race in America.
Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: The Study Guide by
Publication Date: 2009-01-01
The Study Guide is designed to accompany Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. The goal is to help individuals, groups, and organizations better understand the functional and dysfunctional attitudes and behaviors that have been transmitted to us through multiple generations; behaviors that we are now transmitting to others in our environments of home, school, and work and within the larger society. The Study Guide encourages and broadens the discussion and implications about the specific issues that were raised in the P.T.S.S. book. Readers will walk away with practical tools to help transform negative attitudes and behaviors into positive ones.
Racial Respect and Racial Socialization as Protective Factors for African American Male Youth
Authors: Joy DeGruy, Jean M. Kjellstrand, Harold E. Briggs, Eileen M. Brennan
African American adolescents must negotiate the transition to adulthood in a society that makes the achievement of positive cultural identity and
self-respect difficult. Frequently, young men turn to violence in an attempt to achieve respect in their communities. This article explores factors that
predict the use of violence among African American male youth. Adolescents from 14 through 18 years of age who completed a written survey in group settings in Oregon included 100 youth who were detained in the juvenile justice system and 100 who were members of a community youth development program. A history of witnessing violence strongly predicted the intensity of violent behavior of study youth; however, endorsing positive attitudes toward racial respect significantly moderated the effects of chronic exposure to violence. Additionally, racial socialization was negatively correlated to violence intensity and was marginally significant in moderating the effects of witnessing violence. Implications for practice with male African
American youth are highlighted.