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Current Psychology

A Journal for Diverse Perspectives on Diverse Psychological Issues

Editor-in-Chief: F. R. Ferraro

ISSN: 1046-1310 (print version)
ISSN: 1936-4733 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12144

Current Psychology Special Issue “Disasters and Long-Term Recovery”

Guest Editor: Katie E. Cherry, Ph.D. 

Background to Special Issue 

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the U.S. Gulf Coast region which includes (west to east) Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Considered the most devastating and costly hurricane to hit the U.S., Katrina’s estimated death toll stands at 1,800 and over $125 billion dollars in damages in the immediate aftermath. Less than a month after Katrina, Hurricane Rita crashed into the western side of Louisiana and southeast Texas on September 24, 2005. Rita, also a Category 3 hurricane at landfall, directly caused seven fatalities and property damage reaching an estimated $11.3 billion dollars. Catastrophic hurricanes leave a trail of destruction and loss with far reaching effects for survivors in the years after these events. This special issue of Current Psychology will address the long-term effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita from a variety of perspectives to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of these treacherous storms.
Just five years after the devastating 2005 hurricanes, Gulf Coast residents were dealt another crippling blow with long lasting environmental repercussions. On April 20, 2010, an explosion on the British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig set into motion the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history. The BP oil spill released an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over a three-month period, threatening the seafood industry and culture of the coastal parishes (counties) of south Louisiana, among other Gulf States that were directly impacted. There is a small but growing literature on the impact of technological disasters on those directly affected. This special issue of Current Psychology will also address the long-term consequences of technological disaster to coincide with the 5-year anniversary of the BP oil spill.
The psychosocial consequences of natural and technological disasters include heightened prevalence of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, which are often observed in the first weeks and months after disaster. Other evidence has shown that behavioral and mental health consequences of disasters may persist two or more years after these events. The purpose of this special issue will be to highlight basic and applied research on long-term recovery from natural and technological disaster.

Types of Submissions Solicited 

We invite data- based or conceptual articles that provide new evidence on the long-term effects of disaster exposure, such as threats to mental health, coping, resilience. Applied papers focusing on evidence-based interventions and treatment strategies are also welcome.

Submission Procedure and Deadlines 

• A 150-250 word abstract should be submitted by November 1 for pre-review. Authors who are invited to submit a full length paper will be informed by November 15.
• Papers should be prepared using the Current Psychology Author Guidelines which can be found here: www.springer.com/12144
• Papers should be submitted electronically by January 15, 2015 to https://www.editorialmanager.com/cups
• Informal inquiries to the guest editor, Katie Cherry are welcome (pskatie@lsu.edu)
• Papers will be reviewed following the Current Psychology double-blind review process

 

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