Aims and scope

Underpinned by a biopsychosocial approach, the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma presents original research and prevention and treatment strategies for understanding and dealing with symptoms and disorders related to the psychological effects of trauma experienced by children and adolescents during childhood and where the impact of these experiences continues into adulthood. The journal also examines intervention models directed toward the individual, family, and community, new theoretical models and approaches, and public policy proposals and innovations. In addition, the journal promotes rigorous investigation and debate on the human capacity for agency, resilience and longer-term healing in the face of child and adolescent trauma. With a multidisciplinary approach that draws input from the psychological, medical, social work, sociological, public health, legal and education fields, the journal features research, intervention approaches and evidence-based programs, theoretical articles, specific review articles, brief reports and case studies, and commentaries on current and/or controversial topics. The journal also encourages submissions from less heard voices, for example in terms of geography, minority status or service user perspectives.

Among the topics examined in the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma:

  • The effects of childhood maltreatment
  • Loss, natural disasters, and political conflict
  • Exposure to or victimization from family or community violence
  • Racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation or class discrimination
  • Physical injury, diseases, and painful or debilitating medical treatments
  • The impact of poverty, social deprivation and inequality
  • Barriers and facilitators on pathways to recovery

The Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma is an important resource for practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and academics whose work is centered on children exposed to traumatic events and adults exposed to traumatic events as children.