Understanding the sociocultural context of coping for African American family members of homicide victims: a conceptual model

Trauma Violence Abuse. 2015 Jan;16(1):48-59. doi: 10.1177/1524838013515760. Epub 2013 Dec 26.


The disproportionate representation of African American survivors of homicide victims places them at greater risk for compromised mental health. However, an examination of factors that influence how this population copes with this traumatic event is absent from the literature. This article elucidates the importance of sociocultural factors that influence coping resources and strategies for African Americans surviving the homicide of a loved one. A socioculturally responsive model of coping is presented that can be utilized in furthering the development of research and practice that is culturally responsive to the needs of African American survivors of homicide victims.

Keywords: African Americans; coping; culture; homicide; survivors; victims.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Attitude to Death
  • Attitude to Health
  • Black or African American / psychology*
  • Family Characteristics / ethnology*
  • Female
  • Homicide / ethnology*
  • Homicide / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Survivors / psychology*
  • United States