Advancing Equity: Supporting the Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Black Youth in the School Setting

Authors

  • Anne Odusanya University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Frances Dean Defense Centers for Public Health-Aberdeen
  • Kerritt Saintal DC Health Community Health Administration
  • Xavier Palmer Old Dominion University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.32674/jtse.v3i1.5239

Keywords:

ACE, Black youth, African Diaspora, public health, education, teaching, social work, school, equity, mental health

Abstract

This study examines the impact of societal challenges on the mental health of Black youth and explores strategies for school personnel to support their well-being. With heightened awareness due to COVID-19 and incidents of police brutality, this paper assesses effective practices for fostering a supportive educational environment. Utilizing hybrid coding and a two-round literature review via PubMed, gaps in the intersection of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Black youth's educational experiences were identified. Thematic analysis revealed crucial strategies for combating biases, discrimination, and enhancing school connection. Recommendations include training educators in cultural responsiveness, building strong relationships among school staff, students, along with their families, and improving engagement with Black youth to alleviate negative school perceptions. The paper underscores the urgency of addressing mental health disparities and suggests comprehensive approaches encompassing personal, interpersonal, and public policy interventions to support Black students' mental health.

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Published

2024-04-30

How to Cite

Anne Odusanya, Frances Dean, Kerritt Saintal, & Xavier Palmer. (2024). Advancing Equity: Supporting the Mental Health and Emotional Well-Being of Black Youth in the School Setting . Journal of Trauma Studies in Education, 3(1), 113–132. https://doi.org/10.32674/jtse.v3i1.5239

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Research Papers