In the aftermath of traumatic events, including mass shootings, people in communities that were geographically close to the event often experience symptoms of trauma. However, the recent shooting in Orlando, FL, appears to have been motivated, at least in part, by hatred towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer-identified (LGBTQ) people. As such, experiences of trauma among people in the LGBTQ community may extend far beyond the geographic confines of the Greater Orlando area. To assess this hypothesis, a brief Internet survey assessing collective trauma (i.e., trauma experienced by an entire community) will be advertised on LGBTQ email listservs and Facebook pages. LGBTQ people will be invited to complete the survey, which includes items intended to assess experiences of collective trauma and resilience in the face of such atrocities.
Student Investigator: Christopher Stults, MS, LMHC