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Special Issue: Health and Resilience

Resilience is commonly defined as the ability to bounce back from adverse events however, it may have many other characterizations and classifications depending on the context. In one interpretation, resilience is a trait that refers to grit, determination, hardiness, and strength of character. In another view, resilience can be an adaptive process whereby individuals are empowered to manage traumas and adversities in life through a dynamic feedback loop of coping mechanisms and actions. Deciphering resilience may provide a lens upon which healthcare providers and researchers can build both their implementation and recommendation of care to ensure it is achievable and sustainable.

Behavioral Medicine

Behavioral Medicine is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, which fosters and promotes the exchange of knowledge and the advancement of theory in the field of behavioral medicine. Visit the journal homepage to find out more.

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We are seeking manuscripts for a special issue of Behavioral Medicine that will examine the various dimensions of resilience and its impact on health, with a focus on how resilience in diverse populations may shape health behaviors, health outcomes, and overall well being.

Manuscripts could consider (1) the biomedical, behavioral, psychosocial, and structural factors that contribute to resilience; (2) the manner in which resilience is produced and manifested; (3) approaches to operationalizing resilience, including challenging our underlying assumptions and understandings of resilience to-date; and (4) the manner in which resilience may protective of health. We are interested in manuscripts that integrate and apply resilience in the fields of public health, the health professions, and the social sciences.  We will consider observational, experimental, and case studies for this special issue. Reviews of the literature will not be considered. Kristen D. Krause, Managing Editor and Special Guest Editor, and Perry N. Halkitis, Editor in Chief, Behavioral Medicine, will be overseeing this special issue.

If you would like to have an article considered for this special issue, please submit the letter of intent (LOI) form below as a PDF attachment and return via email to Caleb LoSchiavo:  cel129@sph.rutgers.edu. Please use the subject of ‘Behavioral Medicine: Special Issue on Resilience and Health.’

Deadline for LOI submission: 5PM EST April 15, 2019. LOIs submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

All LOIs received by the deadline will be reviewed and decisions will be made by May 1, 2019. 

Articles selected for publication will undergo a peer review process, and must be submitted by September 1, 2019.

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