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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
European Journal of Psychotraumatology

For a Special Issue on
Psychosocial Support in Times of Armed Conflict

Manuscript deadline
01 December 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Prof. Dr. Evaldas Kazlauskas, Center for Psychotraumatology, Institute of Psychology, Vilnius University, Lithuania; President of European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
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Psychosocial Support in Times of Armed Conflict

Research has demonstrated that war negatively impacts mental health. The recent events in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia call for available relevant research and evidence-based guidelines on how we can support trauma survivors caught up in armed conflict.

The questions we would like to address are:

  • What is the state of the art with regard to providing effective immediate psychosocial support, psychological first aid, and other early interventions for those remaining in or fleeing from war-affected environments?
  • What are effective screening instruments for mental health problems in war-affected populations?
  • How to deal with war-related traumatic loss?
  • What are important aspects of specific war-related psychosocial interventions or treatments?
  • What do we offer refugees in the short and longer-term?
  • How can we reduce the long-term negative impact of war on mental health?
  • How can we address complicated feelings such as shame, guilt, or moral injury?
  • What specific interventions are effective from a lifespan perspective, such as for children or the elderly?
  • How do sex/gender roles impact mental health and efficacy of interventions?
  • How digital technologies can be applied in scaling up psychosocial interventions for war-affected populations?
  • How trauma care professionals themselves likely to be affected by the support they provide?

Submission Instructions

In this Special Issue, we invite:

  • Short contributions (e.g. in the form of letters) that may offer direct practical support to survivors or professionals dealing with acute crises
  • Review papers on the efficacy of early and longer-term psychosocial support, psychological first aid, effective screening for mental health, or specific war-related psychosocial interventions.
  • Research on war refugees’ mental health and recovery
  • Original research relevant to the questions above

Papers do not need to be specific to Ukraine, Afghanistan, or Ethiopia as unfortunately there are other areas in the world where military conflicts occur.

We will publish papers as soon as accepted and build up the issue over time.

All enquires about this call for papers should be directed to Prof. Evaldas Kazlauskas (Guest Advisor and President of ESTSS) or Prof. Miranda Olff (Chief Editor).

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