European Journal of Psychotraumatology Submit your next open access paper to this special issue on 'Children and natural disasters'.

Children and natural disasters

European Journal of Psychotraumatology

Natural disasters are widespread and increasing. Flash floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, landslides, avalanches, fires affects millions of people and with the climate changes taking place more and more lives will be lost and families disrupted. Such disasters cause a multitude of problems for those affected, problems that influence their daily life and their prospects for the future, as well as problems for local communities, health systems and society. Disasters often present with initial chaos, stretching available resources and demand systems that can work to limit the human consequences.

The psychological consequences of disasters can be observed on many levels; in disruption of social bonds, grief reactions in bereaved, and increased anxiety, depression, and posttraumatic stress reactions in survivors. Children can be especially vulnerable as disasters can disrupt familial and social ties that form the social fabric they need to attain developmental goals, and because they often require adult help to understand and cope with disastrous events. 

This special issue seeks to present research and experience that can increase our understanding of children’s situation in relation to natural disasters. Hopefully articles can inform professionals about children’s reactions and coping with such events, as well as inform acute and long-term assistance, care and treatment.

European Journal of Psychotraumatology (EJPT)  and its guest editors invite original research papers (qualitative and quantitative), review articles, research articles, and clinical practice articles on the following or related topics:

  • Natural disasters: impact on children’s mental health
  • Early and long-term interventions for children following natural disasters
  • Climate change and its impact on children
  • Children’s resilience after disasters – myth or fact?
  • The role of parents and the family in children’s mental health following disasters
  • The role of social networks and friends in children’s coping with disasters
  • Schools’ mental health responses after 
  • Disasters influence on child development

Why should you publish in EJPT?

  • Increased readership - EJPT is an open access journal so your article will be openly published online for anyone to find, read and share, immediately increasing the audience for your paper. 
  • Greater public engagement - EJPT is published in association with European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, a non-commercial organisation which contributes to public policy at a European level. 
  • Quality Stamp - EJPT is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index with an 2015 Impact Factor of 2.325, giving your research a mark of quality. 
  • Increased Visibility EJPT is also indexed in a number of other databases, including the DOAJ, PubMed Central and SCOPUS, increasing the visibility of your research.
  • Greater Impact - EJPT allows you to retain the choice of how people can reuse your article by using a CC-BY publishing licence, allowing researchers to quickly build on your research. 

Submission Instructions

As EJPT is an open access journal, you will need to pay an Article Processing Charge (APC), if your paper is accepted. There is no submission fee. To find out more about the APC, please visit instructions for authors. 

Please read the instructions for authors on the EJPT homepage before submitting your paper through the online submission system, Editorial Manager.  

Timeline: The submission deadline is September 1, 2017. A first round of reviews is expected at about 4 weeks after submission.

The Guest Editors of this issue will be:  

  • Atle Dyregrov, Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Bergen and Center for Crisis Psychology, Norway
  • Professor William Yule, Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London.

 All enquires about this call for papers should be directed to Professor Miranda Olff or Professor Atle Dyregrov.

Editorial information

  • Editor-in-chief: Miranda Olff, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands ( )
  • Guest Editor: Atle Dyregrov, University of Bergen and Center for Crisis Psychology, Norway ( )
  • Guest Editor: William Yule, King’s College London