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Identity Discrimination across the Lifespan

Special Issue Call for Papers

Submission deadline
1 July 2020

The Journal of Genetic Psychology invites the submission of papers for a special issue addressing identity discrimination across the lifespan from infancy through childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.

The special issue will be edited by Dr. Kate Wegmann, University of Illinois.

This special issue of The Journal of Genetic Psychology seeks new and innovative manuscripts describing research that contributes to a better understanding of how various forms of discrimination affect mental health and cognitive functioning within a life course perspective. Papers related to any type of discrimination are welcome, including (but not limited to) racial/ethnic discrimination, gender-based discrimination, age discrimination, and discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Because both perceived and experienced discrimination are associated with negative effects on mental health and cognition, research related to how discrimination is recognized, perceived, and experienced at various points in the life course is welcome.

Papers related to the following topics (as well as others) are encouraged:

  • The cumulative impact of discrimination experienced across the life course on mental health and well-being (i.e., developmental cascade effects)
  • Multigenerational effects of discrimination
  • Perceptions of discrimination in infancy, all phases of childhood, and adulthood
  • How exposure to discrimination alters developmental processes
  • Development of resilience and coping mechanisms to buffer the impact of discrimination at different ages
  • Longitudinal studies of the effects of discrimination
  • Research on experiences and effects of intersectional discrimination (i.e., participants who experience discrimination related to multiple identity characteristics, such as age-based and racial discrimination in the case of older adults of color)

Contributions may include reports of empirical research, literature reviews, conceptual papers, or methodological papers. Manuscript submissions may vary in length from 10 to 35 pages.

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically through The Journal of Genetic Psychology submission portal on Scholar One: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gnt

Authors must indicate in their cover letter that their paper should be considered for the identity discrimination special issue. All submissions will undergo peer-review.

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2020

We look forward to your submission. For questions or further information please contact either Kate Wegmann: kwegmann@illinois.edu, or Bradford Pillow: pillow@niu.edu.