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Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma

For a Special Issue on

Methodological Innovations and Novel Applications of Psychological Resilience Theory

Abstract deadline
30 November 2023

Manuscript deadline
30 March 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Dr. Heather Littleton, PhD, Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
[email protected]

Dr. Steven Bistricky, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
[email protected]

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Methodological Innovations and Novel Applications of Psychological Resilience Theory

The overarching goal of this special issue is to advance scientific research into resilience following trauma, as well as to serve as a guide for integrating a resilience perspective into trauma education and clinical practice. While many definitions of resilience abound within the trauma literature, articles within this special issue will frame resilience as a systemic and dynamic process of responding adaptively to adversity over time. Further, resilience is framed as the ability to function competently and effectively even when facing significant stressors or experiencing disorder or distress.

Manuscripts will be solicited that delineate the various individual, social, and environmental factors that can facilitate resilient responding following trauma, including articles which discuss the role of social cognitive factors in resilient responding. Additionally, manuscripts will be solicited which propose innovative methodological and statistical approaches that can enable scientists to capture the dynamic nature of resilient responding over time. Finally, manuscripts will be solicited that seek to document how a resilience framework can be applied to trauma education and clinical practice in diverse settings.

The Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma (JAMT) announces a Call for Abstracts describing proposed papers on one of the following topics or related issues. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Applications of resilience theory to research and intervention with specific trauma populations (e.g., interpersonal violence survivors, military populations, disaster survivors, first responders, traumatic injury survivors)
  • Empirical/theoretical papers on the role of individual (e.g., beliefs, values, coping behaviors, self-efficacy) and environmental (e.g., social support, community solidarity) factors in promoting trauma resilience
  • Development/application of resilience informed care models
  • Empirical/theoretical papers on innovative methodological and statistical approaches to modeling trauma resilience dynamics
  • Development/application of trauma resilience curriculums
  • Development/application of trauma resilience interventions at the individual, group, and community levels

To obtain well-rounded coverage of relevant issues, we ask potential contributors to submit article ideas via email to the guest editors in the form of a detailed summary that highlights the paper’s objectives, methods, results, and conclusions. For data-driven manuscripts, only abstracts that include a description of the study analyses, results, and sample size will be considered. Submission of an abstract represents a commitment to prepare a paper if invited. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words and describe what is being addressed from the above topics or related ones and the outline of the content of the proposed paper.

Proposed Target Audience

Manuscript submissions for the special issue may extend across fields (e.g., psychology, education, sociology, social work, statistics, criminal justice).  The first goal of the special issue is to provide researchers with updated information about the state of the science in the field of trauma resilience and encourage future theoretical and empirical advances in the field of resilience science. The second goal is to inform practitioners and educators about applications of resilience science to trauma education as well as clinical practice and interventions at multiple levels of the social ecology.

Submission Instructions


Abstracts/proposals for consideration should be sent to Dr. Heather Littleton and Dr. Steven Bistricky at [email protected] and [email protected] no later than November 30, 2023. Guest editors will review submitted abstracts and solicit submissions for full-length manuscripts.

Submission Details

Abstracts and final papers should follow Instructions for Authors (IFA) on the journal homepage, including APA 7th Edition formatting. All articles undergo a double-blind peer review. Manuscripts may vary between 20-30 pages, double spaced.

Manuscripts approved for inclusion should be submitted directly to the journal by March 30, 2024 via the Taylor & Francis Submission Portal. Be sure to select the special issue title upon submission.

Abstracts due: November 30, 2023

Notification to authors: December 30, 2023 

Final submission of completed manuscript due:  March 30, 2024

Questions or comments can be addressed to the guest editors at [email protected] and [email protected] please cc [email protected] on all correspondence.

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