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Social Inclusion, Isolation and Loneliness

Special Issue Call for Papers

Submission deadline
15 April 2020

The Clinical Gerontologist is now accepting papers for a special issue on Social Inclusion, Isolation and Loneliness edited by Viviana Wuthrich, PhD and Nancy Pachana, PhD.

Issues of loneliness and social isolation are receiving growing attention across the life span. Interventions to decrease loneliness and enhance social inclusion are being examined at the individual and societal level.

This Special Issue focuses on issues related to social inclusion and isolation in older adults. We are particularly interested in innovative work that responds to recent trends.

Papers can focus on a wide range of clinical issues related to social inclusion, isolation and loneliness with respect to psychosocial and physical wellbeing.

Submission instructions

Note, inclusion in the special issue is at the discretion of the special issue editors; it is possible that a paper will be accepted for a regular issue and not the special issue. To submit your paper, please visit our online submissions portal. For questions, please email npachana@psy.uq.edu.au and viviana.wuthrich@mq.edu.au

Focus topics may include:

  • measures of social inclusion, isolation and loneliness across the life course;
  • social inclusion, isolation and loneliness in diverse older age groups (e.g., LGB&T elders, culturally and linguistically diverse elders);
  • effects of social inclusion, isolation and loneliness on mental and physical well-being, and quality of life;
  • interventions for social inclusion, isolation and loneliness in later life (e.g. befriending), and across a variety of settings;
  • prevention of, and risk and protective factors for, social inclusion, isolation and loneliness in later life;
  • social inclusion, isolation and loneliness in older migrants;
  • intergenerational approaches to social inclusion, isolation and loneliness in later life;
  • addressing social inclusion, isolation and loneliness in long-term care settings.

We welcome reviews, original research studies, and clinical comments. We are less inclined to include basic correlational studies, studies of social support measures, or studies that fail to demonstrate how they are significant advances on the extant literature. Papers must address clinical implications for mental health policy and/or practice. Special populations are of interest (e.g., older adults of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, LGBTI elders), and we are particularly interested in reflecting translational research and international populations. Student papers most welcome.