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Special Focus

Trauma and Trauma Sequelae in the Elderly

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Miranda Olff, Academic Medical Center at the University of Amsterdam & Arq Psychotrauma Expert Group, Diemen, The Netherlands (m.olff@amc.nl )

Guest editor: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Lueger-Schuster, Dept of Clinical Psychology, University of Vienna, Austria (Brigitte.Lueger-Schuster@univie.ac.at)

How to submit

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 on the journal homepage. Please read the IFA in full before submitting your paper through the online submission system, Editorial Manager.
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An opportunity has arisen to submit your research to an upcoming special issue of European Journal of Psychotraumatology, the official journal of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. The journal possesses a 2017 Impact Factor of 4.209 and ranks in the top 20 for Clinical Psychology journals, making now an especially exciting time to publish within the EJPT.

Details of the Special Issue

In 2015 508.5 million lived within the European Union, amongst them 15.8% children (0 to 14), and 18.9% adults older than 65. This group has been growing at a rate of 2.3% for the last 10 years.

Even though the world-wide population has been growing older for decades, especially in the so-called western part of the world; trauma and its sequelae in the elderly population is a rather 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. Some of whom have never spoken about their experiences and many have not received any support or adequate treatment. Mental health experts might tend to overlook the trauma related dynamics in symptoms presented by the older population.

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?  These are only a few questions related to the topic.

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.  

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

Other old age-related topics in the field of psychotraumatology are also welcome.

The deadline for this special issue is June 2019, however authors are encouraged to submit their research as soon as possible.