Jackson, Herr (Panel) — Session II

Panel: Family Dynamics and Trauma

Presentation 1. Guilty by association: Courtesy stigma, racism, and African American single-mother households relating to the cycle of violence in marginalized communities

John Jackson (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Chicago Campus)

The purpose of this study is to examine the role of family dynamics within marginalized communities and unveil a disadvantages that may contribute to the cycle of violence subtly perpetuated by the media’s negative portrayal of marginalized social identities in other major social institutions such as education. Dominant ideology often imposes negative stigmas onto Black single-mother household heads. These stigmas question the parental skills, abuse of social services, intelligence, and lifestyle choices of these women. These stigmas are potentially harmful to their children because they are easily transferable through a process of courtesy stigmatization.


Presentation 2. Understanding the healing potential of a community: Women’s lived experience of social support and intimate partner violence

Beverly Herr, M.A. (The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Chicago Campus)

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), which disproportionately affects women, is a serious public health risk that has numerous physical and psychological consequences. As a form of violence that occurs within the social environment, IPV is a public rather than private issue between couples. Two-thirds of female survivors of IPV seek support from within their social networks. Social networks and communities have the potential to aid a woman in her recovery, but they also have the potential to cause distress and decrease survivors’ wellbeing. This presentation will present results of a qualitative research study exploring women’s experiences of IPV and social support. Participants’ experience with mental health providers, family, and friends, during or following their violent relationship, will be shared. The influence of this support on the women’s health and sense of identity will be discussed. Implications of these results, in terms of policy changes and the development of network-oriented interventions that empower survivors of IPV and their social networks, will be explored.