Advancing Antiracism in Community-Based Research Practices in Early Childhood and Family Mental Health
Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Structural racism-the ways that institutional policies, practices, and other norms operate to create and sustain race-based inequities-has historically been foundational to the operations of academic medical centers and research institutions. Since its inception, academic medicine has depended on the exploitation of vulnerable communities to achieve medical, educational, and research goals. Research practices have long ignored or taken advantage of the individuals purportedly benefiting from the research, a dynamic most manifestly true for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities in the United States. Reflecting current practices in racial justice work, we intentionally use the term "BIPOC" to highlight shared experiences within racially and ethnically minoritized communities, given the history of White supremacy in the United States. We acknowledge limitations of this term, which collapses myriad unique communities and histories into one construct. Specifically, child and adolescent psychiatry has historically been driven by Eurocentric approaches, paradigms, and methodology. These nonparticipatory dominant research practices have contributed to a lack of culturally responsive interventions for BIPOC communities, a paucity of evidence-based practices with demonstrated effectiveness within BIPOC communities, and disparities in access and quality of care. Mental health research involving BIPOC communities has been replete with exploitation and inequality..
Lane, Ambrose; Gavins, Arrealia; Watson, Ar'Reon; Domitrovich, Celene E.; Oruh, Chioma M.; Morris, Christina; Boogaard, Claire; Sherwood, Claudine; Sharp, Destiny N.; Charlot-Swilley, Dominique; Coates, Erica E.; Mathis, Erin; Avent, Gail; Robertson, Hillary; Le, Huynh-Nhu; Williams, J Corey; Hawkins, Janaíre; Patterson, Jenise; Ouyang, Jessica X.; Hartz, Karyn A.; Beers, Lee S.; Cole, Linwood; Biel, Matthew G.; Bodrick, Nia Imani; Bravo, Noel; Baylor, Randall S.; Arbit, Ruthie; Zuskov, Sabrina F.; Hoffman, Sarah B.; McPherson, Satyani K.; Singh, Sharon; and Greer, Sharra E., "Advancing Antiracism in Community-Based Research Practices in Early Childhood and Family Mental Health" (2022). GW Authored Works. Paper 456.