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How to Conduct Successful, Trauma-Informed Research

Interest in various types of trauma (e.g., sexual violence) and their effects on survivors and those around them, has grown in recent years, which has led to the genesis of trauma-informed care. As outlined by the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC), trauma-informed care practices assert that organizations and individuals should:

  • realize the prevalence of trauma,
  • recognize how trauma affects all individuals involved, including its own workforce, and
  • respond by putting that knowledge into practice.

It is important for researchers studying trauma to consider what insights may be gained by implementing these principles. That said, applying the principles of trauma-informed care to research can be challenging, as researchers may have minimal contact with survivors of trauma (e.g., in survey research).

In this white paper, FMG expert Natalie Namrow covers how to implement these six principles and considerations researchers should be aware of as they implement them. 

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