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Trauma and Trauma Sequelae in the Elderly

The European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) invites submissions to a special issue on Trauma and Trauma Sequelae in the Elderly

An opportunity has arisen to submit your research to an upcoming special issue of European Journal of Psychotraumatology, the journal of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. Possessing a 2018 Impact Factor of 3.020 and ranking in the Top 30 for Clinical Psychology journals, now is an especially exciting time to publish in the journal.

n 2015 508.5 million people lived within the EU, of which 18.9% were adults older than 65. This group has been growing at a rate of 2.3% for the last 10 years.

Even though the global population has been growing older for decades, especially in the so-called western part; trauma and its sequelae in the elderly population is an under-researched topic. We still know very little about the long-term consequences of traumatization with respect to the assessment of disorders and their treatment, nor about the effects of traumatization during older age. Individuals at a senior age have often been exposed to:  war related traumata, escape, displacement, disasters and interpersonal trauma, but what are the symptoms experienced by this group, how are they expressed and what are the dynamics? How does the accumulation of trauma exposure, life events and the aging process impact symptom development, or general functioning? What coping mechanism or other resources do the elderly use? Do symptoms increase after retirement or other transitional moments and if so why? Are there adequate assessment instruments and treatments given to support this part of the population? Is there a need for trauma informed care?  

Given the growing population of older individuals, the European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT) is planning a special issue featuring methodologically rigorous research on these issues.  

How to submit

For information on how to prepare your submission, visit the journal's Instructions for Authors page. Please read the IFAs before submitting your paper via the online submission system, Editorial Manager.
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The deadline for submissions is 15 October 2019. A first round of reviews is expected at about 4 weeks after submission.

EJPT and its guest editor invite original research papers (qualitative and quantitative), review articles, research articles and clinical practice articles on the following or related topics:

- Epidemiology of trauma and traumatic stress in elderly populations
- Assessment issues
- Trauma and memory or cognitive function
- Psychosocial interventions and treatment studies
- Resilience, coping, functioning
- Social support
- Pathways into disclosure
- Accumulation of trauma exposure and its dynamics
- Traumatic experiences over the lifespan and the impact of aging

Why should you publish in EJPT?

- Increased readership - EJPT is an open access journal so your article will be openly published online for anyone to find, read and share, immediately increasing the audience for your paper.

- Greater public engagement - EJPT is published in association with European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, a non-commercial organisation which contributes to public policy at a European level.
- Quality Stamp - EJPT is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index with a 2018 Impact Factor of 3.020, giving your research a mark of quality.
- Increased Visibility - EJPT is also indexed in a number of other databases, including the DOAJ, PubMed Central and SCOPUS, increasing the visibility of your research.
- Greater Impact EJPT allows you to retain the choice of how people can reuse your article by using a CC-BY publishing licence, allowing researchers to quickly build on your research. 

As EJPT is an open access journal, authors will need to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC). There is no submission fee. To find out more about the regular APC, please visit the Instructions for Authors

All enquires about this call for papers should be directed to Professor Miranda Olff or Professor Lueger-Schuster.

Editorial board

Guest Editor

  • Prof. Dr. Brigitte Lueger-Schuster, Dept of Clinical Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria


  • Prof. Dr. Miranda Olff, Amsterdam UMC, Netherlands

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