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Integrating Post-Traumatic Growth and Personality Change - Special Issue 2021 Call for Proposals

Hello there! The European Journal of Personality has issued a call for proposals for a special issue in 2021: "Integrating Post-Traumatic Growth and Personality Change".

Read more about the call below and don’t forget to send in your work! The full call can be accessed here.

European Journal of Personality

Calls for Papers

Special Issue 2021: Integrating Post-Traumatic Growth and Personality Change

Deadline for proposals: January 15, 2020

Editors: Eranda Jayawickreme (Wake Forest University) and Laura E.R. Blackie (University of Nottingham)

This special issue of the European Journal of Personality Psychology aims to highlight theoretical and empirical advances towards a personality science of post-traumatic growth. We invite you to contribute your best work to this special issue, which will build on recent work highlighting substantive limitations with current assessments of post-traumatic growth (Infurna & Jayawickreme, 2019; Jayawickreme & Blackie 2018) and calling for contributions from personality scientists to answer research questions of clinical relevance (Hopwood, 2018). This special issue ties in with this year’s European Association of Personality Psychology Expert Meeting at the University of Nottingham in September 2019.If you are interested in contributing, please see further details below and submit a proposal by January 15, 2020.


Recent work has highlighted the value of conceptualizing post-traumatic growth as positive personality change following the experience of adversity (Jayawickreme & Blackie, 2014). However, most work continues to use both methodologically suspect assessments and unsupported theoretical assumptions (Jayawickreme, Rivers, & Rauthmann, 2018). This raises the important question of how personality and clinical psychologists can communicate more successfully in the pursuit of high-quality research on this topic (Hopwood, 2018). Analysis of existing longitudinal datasets from national panel studies could generate significant theoretical and empirical advancements (Anusic & Yap, 2014), but the lack of clarity on how clinical definitions of post-traumatic growth fit into current models of personality change hinders progress.

Possible contributions

We expect that papers making up this special issue will critically discuss and contribute to important next steps in the study of personality growth in the wake of adversity that can a) lead to better communication between clinical and personality psychologists, b) improve the quality of research being done in the context of the credibility revolution (Vazire, 2018), and c) advance a coherent research agenda for clinically-minded personality psychologists interested in this question. We anticipate that accepted papers will focus on furthering these three core goals. We are open to papers that are primarily conceptual in nature (focused on integrating PTG into current personality theories and paradigms) as well as substantive empirical contributions. We are especially interested in longitudinal studies that examine the prospective impact of adversity on personality. However, we are also open to submissions that use innovative personality methods to examine the veracity and dynamics of personality growth in the wake of adversity (e.g. Blackie, Jayawickreme, Helzer, Forgeard, & Roepke, 2015).

Submission process and timeline

If you are interested in contributing to this special issue, please submit a proposal by January 15, 2020 by email to one of the two issue editors (see below). The proposals will be considered for the special issue based on their focus on the core questions outlined above.

The anticipated schedule is as follows: 

· January 15, 2020 – Submissions of initial proposals (via email) 

· February 15, 2020 – Comments and decisions on proposals sent to authors   

· August 15, 2020 – Full papers due  

· September 2020 – April 2021 – Regular review and revision process  

· May 2021 – Final acceptances

· July/August 2021 – Issue published  

Proposals and questions regarding the special issue can be sent by email to either of the editors:  

Eranda Jayawickreme ( 

Laura Blackie ( 

Click here for the full call.

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