The Big Emerging Minds Summit

Workshop: Parent and teenager perspectives on the intergenerational transmission of racial trauma

Led by: Yasmin Ahmadzadeh, Tolúwalàse Fayese, Hannah Abdalla, Malaika Okundi, and Carl Simela from the Transmission of Experiences of Racism, Anxiety and DEpression in families (TRADE) Project 

In this workshop the facilitators shared the key messages coming from their research with racialised families and invited the audience to reflect on what implications they have in their profession.

Three key messages:
  1. We spoke with 28 UK parents and teenagers with African, Carribbean, South Asian and East Asian heritage.  
  2. Participants were exposed to racism from a young age, both directly as victims and indirectly through their parents, with an impact on mental health evident in both generations.  
  3. Many parents sought to raise their children to cope with inevitable racism, and many teenagers wished their parents would try harder to resist the racist system. 

Artwork by Ronni from Fully Focused Productions (@projectrnz)

This workshop was connected to our Voices, Power & Attitudes research challenge: How can we amplify young people’s voices and change societal attitudes in ways that positively impact on mental health?  

Further Resources

Workshop Live Tweets

You can read a great thread from @suzijsapiets and @NikkiBiyi who were live-tweeting the session.

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