“many students cope with microaggressions by going home and crying it out”
If you need counseling for microaggressions, you don’t need to be in college, you need psychiatric hospitalization.
Campus Reform reports:
Prof suggests counseling for victims of microaggressions
An associate professor at the University of Rhode Island (URI) recently discovered that many students cope with “racial microaggressions” by going home and crying it out.
Annemarie Vaccaro, who teaches graduate classes at URI, used focus groups to probe 18 students of color on how they cope with the “racial microaggressions” they face on their predominantly white women’s college campus.
The study was published in the most recent issue of the Journal of Women in Higher Education, which aims to publish research on issues impacting women at all levels of higher education.
Microaggressions can include many “brief and common” perceived insults or slights, according to Vaccaro—who, as Campus Reform reported last August, coined the term “invisibility microaggressions” to describe when students of color “feel invisible.”
In her latest study, Vaccaro found that many students cope with microaggressions by going home and crying it out. In a section titled, “It’s Easier to Just Go Home,” she details some of the coping mechanisms that her interviewees used.
“Kim, who described herself as introverted, found it easier to say nothing and retreat to the comfort of home where she could cry it out,” Vaccaro writes, adding that Kim, an Asian student, told her that “It’s so easy to just want to retreat, and…just be like ‘I don’t think I want to do this anymore.’ It’s just easier to go home.”
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