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Call for Papers

Special Issue of JINS:

Resilience and Wellness after Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury

Research on the cognitive, affective, and social outcomes of childhood brain insult logically tends to focus on the difficulties and deficits acquired as a result of the injury. Yet, many children who sustain brain injury recover well and return to pre-injury levels of functioning. Others are able to adapt to their symptoms and sequelae, succeed in academic, social, and community settings, and have good quality of life.

Research focusing on the positive outcomes of brain injury is increasing and has the potential to provide critical information on the factors that are protective or predictive of preserved functioning and conversely, what markers may be useful in identifying children at-risk for poor outcome. Positive outcomes may be conceptualized in a variety of ways and using diverse methodologies. For example, resilience and character strengths are associated with better outcome after traumatic brain injury. Work on wellness after brain injury offers information on the role of healthy behaviors and barriers to wellness after brain injury. In the area of intervention, emerging work in positive psychology explores the efficacy of positive psychology and positive parenting interventions in individuals with acquired brain injury. Empirical research focusing on quality of life and its determinants may also offers a complementary perspective on what factors are associated with overall indicators of wellness and well-being.

Investigators are invited to submit manuscripts for a special issue of JINS to be published at the beginning of 2019. The issue will present the other face of pediatric acquired brain injury through papers on positive psychological and medical indicators such as those related to the concepts of wellness, resilience, plasticity, health, and quality of life. Articles may cover various acquired brain injuries such as traumatic brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, and tumors. Articles presenting theoretical and methodological approaches related to wellness and resilience are encouraged, as are empirical articles on specific outcomes.


Miriam Beauchamp, PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Montreal & Ste-Justine Hospital Research Center

Keith Yeates, PhD
Department of Psychology
University of Calgary & Alberta Children's Hospital

Papers may be submitted at:

Please indicate in your cover letter that your submission is in response to the call for papers for the special issue on Resilience and Wellness after Pediatric Acquired Brain Injury.

Deadline for submission is August 1, 2018.