Special Issue "Trauma, Coping, and Resilience in Adolescents"
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 (31 August 2021).
Interests: natural disasters; complex emergencies; mental health; school-based mental health; trauma; cultural adaptation; intervention research
Interests: health, mental health, and achievement disparities; effects of discrimination; school-based mental health services; social-environmental determinants of health and mental health
Interests: profiles of youth risk and protective factors; developmental patterns of risk behaviors; social-contextual influences on risk development; school social work effectiveness
Adolescents affected by trauma are highly vulnerable to experiencing short- and long-term mental health difficulties, including post-traumatic stress, substance abuse and dependence, anxiety, and depression. Considering the increasing threat of trauma exposure due to conflict, natural disasters, terrorism, community violence, and school shootings, it is critical to understand how young people can remain resilient after these events. Chronic trauma due to factors such as poverty, discrimination, displacement, and other long-term stressors can also adversely affect adolescent mental health and development.
How a young person copes or responds to stressors influences their resilience or ability to overcome these events. While many trauma-exposed adolescents experience distress, only a subset will have sustained long-term psychopathology. Research has indicated factors that put a young person at risk for mental health symptoms can include low parental support, social isolation, poverty, exposure to discrimination, and pre-existing mental health symptoms, such as anxiety and depression. Conversely, protective factors such as peer social support, school and community connectedness, supportive parenting, problem solving, self-regulation skills, and perceived self-efficacy can buffer the psychological impact of a trauma. There is a growing field of empirical knowledge on risk and resilience among trauma-affected youth; however, research is still exploring best practices to mitigate the impact of trauma exposure on adolescents.
This Special Issue seeks to explore traumatic stress, coping, and resilience in adolescence. We welcome papers that address coping and resilience in adolescence and emerging adults, especially from health and social science perspectives. Of particular interest are empirical articles on topics examining coping, post-traumatic growth, and resilience. We are also interested in articles examining interventions designed to alleviate or reduce risk factors for long-term psychopathology in young people.
We look forward to receiving your contribution and creating a Special Issue that will provide readers with up-to-date insights into traumatic stress, coping, and resilience among adolescents from around the world.
Dr. Tara Powell
Dr. Kate M. Wegmann
Dr. Kevin Tan
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- Traumatic stress
- Risk and protective factors
- Mental health