Proposed JTS Special Issue: Disproportionate Trauma, Stress, and Adversities as a Pathway to Health Disparities Among Disenfranchised Groups Globally
Guest Co-Editors: Maureen A. Allwood, ISTSS Board Member, and Julian Ford, ISTSS Past President
Globally, low-income and disenfranchised groups are disproportionately exposed to traumatic events, severe stressors and extreme adversities (Anderson & Stevenson, 2019; Armes et al., 2019; Awad, Kia-Keating, & Amer, 2019; Comas-Diaz, Hall, & Neville, 2019; de Jong et al., 2015; Fazel & Betancourt, 2018; Shea et al., 2019; Skewes & Blume, 2019; Williams, Lawrence, & Davis, 2019). The aftermath of natural disasters, the effects of political conflict and forced displacement, and the impact of exposure to community violence are examples of situations that might be most taxing to communities that lack resources and power. Additionally, occurrences of mass violence and hate-based violence are on the rise around the world and may also target vulnerable populations. The effects of such traumas and the lingering stress and adversities may manifest through behavioral and physical health symptoms, problems in interpersonal and school/work functioning, and the breakdown of key relationships and societal structures.
To further knowledge regarding how disproportionate stress and trauma might be anchored to disproportionate burden of negative health risk and outcomes globally, we are seeking original manuscripts for a proposed special issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, the official journal of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. To assess the feasibility of this special issue, the guest editors would like to conduct an initial review of manuscripts that focus on a wide range of traumas, stressors, adversities and stress syndromes, as well as a range of impacted populations from around the globe. Empirical studies or systematic reviews on racial and ethnic bias and gender- or identity-based adversities in relation to health disparities, disproportionate exposure to specific types of traumas or adversities, racial or ethnoculturally-based violence and trauma, historical trauma and multigenerational legacies of trauma, immigrant and refugee trauma exposure and health, hate-based violence, disparities in access to prevention and recovery services, and the nature and costs of culture-based and identity-based strengths and resilience are a few topics of interest.
For full consideration for this proposed special issue, a letter of intention to submit and/or a manuscript draft should be received no later than March 15, 2020. Letters of intention and manuscripts should be first submitted to the guest co-editors, Dr. Maureen Allwood and Dr. Julian Ford. After a brief review of potential contributions, the guest editors will put together a full and detailed proposal for this special issue, which will be submitted for approval by the journal editor. Once the proposal is approved, authors with ideas for manuscripts that are a good fit with the intention of the special issue will be invited to submit their work for a full journal review. Please note that an invitation to submit an article for consideration for the special issue is not a guarantee of acceptance; all submissions to JTS must undergo independent peer review and acceptance is contingent upon a positive outcome of the review. Prospective contributors who wish to confer with the co-editors before submitting in order to determine the potential fit of their work to the themes of this special issue should contact the guest editors at the emails provided above.
Manuscript style should follow the Journal of Traumatic Stress Author Guidelines including use of APA 6th edition format, and should not exceed a maximum of 30 double-spaced pages inclusive of text, references, tables, and figures.
Anderson, R. E., & Stevenson, H. C. (2019). RECASTing racial stress and trauma: Theorizing the healing potential of racial socialization in families. American Psychologist, 74(1), 63-75. doi:10.1037/amp0000392
Armes, S. E., Seponski, D. M., Kao, S., Khann, S., Lahar, C. J., Bryant, C. M., . . . Schunert, T. (2019). Exploring Contextual Trauma in Cambodia: A Sociointerpersonal Perspective on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal ofTraumatic Stress, 32(1), 97-107. doi:10.1002/jts.22365
Awad, G. H., Kia-Keating, M., & Amer, M. M. (2019). A model of cumulative racial-ethnic trauma among Americans of Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) descent. American Psychologist, 74(1), 76-87. doi:10.1037/amp0000344
Comas-Diaz, L., Hall, G. N., & Neville, H. A. (2019). Racial trauma: Theory, research, and healing: Introduction to the special issue. American Psychologist, 74(1), 1-5. doi:10.1037/amp0000442
de Jong, J. T., Berckmoes, L. H., Kohrt, B. A., Song, S. J., Tol, W. A., & Reis, R. (2015). A public health approach to address the mental health burden of youth in situations of political violence and humanitarian emergencies. Curr Psychiatry Rep, 17(7), 60. doi:10.1007/s11920-015-0590-0
Fazel, M., & Betancourt, T. S. (2018). Preventive mental health interventions for refugee children and adolescents in high-income settings. Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 2(2), 121-132. doi:10.1016/S2352-4642(17)30147-5
Shea, H., Mosley-Howard, G. S., Baldwin, D., Ironstrack, G., Rousmaniere, K., & Schroer, J. E. (2019). Cultural revitalization as a restorative process to combat racial and cultural trauma and promote living well. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology. doi:10.1037/cdp0000250
Skewes, M. C., & Blume, A. W. (2019). Understanding the link between racial trauma and substance use among American Indians. American Psychologist, 74(1), 88-100. doi:10.1037/amp0000331
Williams, D. R., Lawrence, J. A., & Davis, B. A. (2019). Racism and Health: Evidence and Needed Research. Annu Rev Public Health, 40, 14.11-14.21. doi:10.1146/annurev-publhealth-040218-043750