Trauma-Informed Research & Design

Trauma-Informed Research & Design

UX Designers are not just obligated to design interfaces to bring joy, but also avoid pain

What is Trauma?

There are several definitions of the word trauma. For this article and in the context of research and design, trauma is any adverse experience where trust was broken. The trauma that I focus on is largely around the ten adverse childhood experiences (ACEs): sexual abuse, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, physical abuse, physical neglect, incarcerated family member, divorce, mental illness, mother treated violently, or substance abuse. In each of those experiences, trust is broken and without support those experiences can be left unexamined and lead to several negative health outcomes like heart disease, cancer, suicide, and depression.