Call for papers for Special Issue on Mechanisms of and Novel Interventions for Resilience and Wellness in Stress and Anxiety Disorders.
Empirically-supported psychological treatments for anxiety and stress-related disorders have traditionally focused on resolution of symptomatology with less emphasis on cultivation of positive outcomes such as strength, growth and well-being. Past research has also traditionally focused more on identifying factors that confer vulnerability to anxiety and stress disorders rather than factors that promote resilience. To address this area of increasing interest, this special issue will focus on the ways in which interventions (including alternative or complementary approaches) and specific mechanisms can be used to foster resilience and restore well-being.
Papers may range from laboratory-based experimental studies with healthy, at risk or subclinical individuals to clinical samples. Examples of topics that would be appropriate for the special issue include:
- Intervention studies that target changes in resilience or positive outcomes.
- Complementary, alternative or integrative approaches to improving wellness.
- Longitudinal studies that examine the synchrony or desynchrony between negative and positive outcomes, including across treatment
- Mechanistic studies that examine the impact of an intervention on a theoretically-driven positive target
- Mediational studies that examine the role of positive attributes in clinical change
- Cross-cultural or gender-relevant studies that examine mechanisms of resilience or the promotion of positive outcomes across individuals of diverse backgrounds.
- Longitudinal or intervention studies studying resilience to the development of anxiety or stress disorders.
- Experimental psychopathology studies that identify optimal strategies for impacting resilience/well-being.