The Role of Mothers in Urban Youth Trauma Experiences


The presentation focuses on the role of mothers in youth’s trauma experiences by examining how maternal psychopathology may influence reporting and treatment seeking.

By attending this presentation, participates will: 

  • Participants will gain knowledge of reporting differences in mother and youth accounts of youth trauma exposure
  • Participants will gain an understanding of factors influencing reporting differences
  • Participants will explore implications of reporting differences on treatment and help-seeking.

Sharon Johnson, PhD is a professor and director of the Center for Family Research and Policy within the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Arkansas in 1989 and has advanced degrees in social work (MSW, PhD) and psychiatric epidemiology (MPE) from Washington University.  Her mental health research examines violence, HIV-risk, trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders in minorities, women, and adolescents.



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