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Special Issue "Public Health Approach to Trauma and Psychological Distress"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wenzel
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy (Division of Social Psychiatry), Medical University of Vienna, Spitalgasse 23, 1090 Wien, Austria;
2. World Psychiatric Association, Scientific Section on Psychological Aspects of Torture and Persecution, 2 chemin du Petit-Bel-Air 1225 Chêne-Bourg, Geneva, Switzerland
Interests: transcultural psychiatry; public mental health; refugees; torture; trauma; disasters; pandemics
Prof. Dr. Jan Kizilhan
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Guest Editor
Institute for Transcultural Health Science - Institute for Transcultural Health Research, Faculty of Social Sciences, Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University, Villingen-SchwenningenFriedrich-Ebert-Strasse 30, 78054 Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany
Interests: medicine; psychology; social sciences; environmental science

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Traumatic and post-traumatic stress and their associated problems such as family conflicts, substance abuse, or trauma and depressive spectrum disorders have received special attention especially in humanitarian crises like in the war areas of Syria and Sudan and in relation to the recent COVID19 pandemic. International organizations and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), including the WHO, UNHCR, and other organizations, are promoting public health-focused approaches such as Mental Health and Psychosocial Services (MHPSS). Further research indicates that programs addressing human rights violations and their remedies, including transitional justice, can also be of special importance for public mental health.

Intervention and prevention models have been proposed also for specific situations and groups, such as relatives of “disappeared” persons, abducted or killed, and victims of sexual violence, disasters, genocides, or trafficking. Research in this area, especially in regard to successful public health-oriented prevention and treatment models, is of crucial importance to provide a broader evidence base.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wenzel
Prof. Dr. Jan Kizilhan
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • post-traumatic stress
  • war
  • violence
  • public health
  • disasters
  • pandemic

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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