Future Directions on BIPOC Youth Mental Health: The Importance of Cultural Rituals in the COVID-19 Pandemic

José M. Causadias, Lucía Alcalá, Kamryn S. Morris, Fatima T. Yaylaci, Na Zhang

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Abstract

Culture plays an important role in the development of mental health, especially during childhood and adolescence. However, less is known about how participation in cultural rituals is related to the wellbeing of youth who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and part of the Global Majority. This is crucial amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a global event that has disproportionally affected BIPOC youth and disrupted participation in rituals. The goal of this paper is to promote advances in clinical child and adolescent psychology focused on rituals. We begin by defining culture and rituals and examining their role on development. We illustrate these issues with the Lunar New Year in China, Maya rituals in México, Ramadan in Turkey, and Black graduations and Latinx funerals in the United States. We discuss how the pandemic has affected participation in these rituals and their potential impact on BIPOC children and adolescents’ mental health. We propose future directions and recommendations for research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-592
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume51
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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