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Culture Awareness and Trauma

Racism and Cultural Biases

1. Culture affects every aspect of a woman’s life and identity, and ________ can be the most recognizable aspect of a woman’s cultural heritage and can set the stage for how people work together.

A. Values and beliefs

B. Family traditions

C. Race

D. Ancestry

Historical Trauma

2. Historical trauma, which often carries deep wounds, is defined as cumulative emotional and psychological wounding over the lifespan and across generations, emanating from massive group trauma.

A. True

B. False

Gender, Culture, and Sexual Orientation

3. Each of the following is an accurate statement about women and violence EXCEPT:

A. While many of us may think of extreme violence as an aberration, for some women, violence is the norm

B. Women and girls from countries involved in war are likely to have significant violence in their backgrounds, and they now make up about 60% of all war casualties

C. Many women overcome the most severe forms of violence and trauma with courage and strength, going on to become leaders in their communities

D. Sometimes women are reluctant to disclose the violence in their background because they fear that their identity will be overwhelmed by a pervading sense of “victimhood”

Culturally Relevant Healing and Support

4. In some cultures, the good of the family or the community is considered a higher value than the good of the individual, so peer supporters should be ready to challenge women who embrace those values that appear not to be in their individual best interest.

A. True

B. False

5. Which of the following is considered a culturally sensitive approach to dealing with trauma?

A. Recognizing that the most extreme instances of violence are the most damaging

B. Understanding that DSM diagnoses or lists of trauma “symptoms” are the most reliable and helpful

C. Recognizing that people will always eventually want to tell their stories and will ask for help they are ready

D. Being aware that self-disclosure and help-seeking vary widely across cultures and may be dependent upon whether a woman feels safe

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