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Polyvictimization in Childhood and Its Adverse Impacts Across the Lifespan

A Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation

Special Issue Guest Editors: Julian D. Ford, Ph.D. & Brianna C. Delker, M.S.

Deadline for Submissions: March 31, 2017

Email for guest editors: and

Although much empirical work has focused on the adverse impact of specific types of childhood victimization (e.g., sexual abuse), researchers and clinicians increasingly are recognizing the prevalence of polyvictimization, or exposure to multiple types of victimization. Polyvictimization during formative developmental periods may have severely detrimental and potentially lifelong biopsychosocial impacts over and above the effects of exposure to specific types of traumatic stressors and interpersonal adversity.  However—and not surprisingly, given the complexity of victimization and related forms of trauma and adversity—many key questions regarding the nature and impact of polyvictimization remain in need of clarification and fuller answers.

Potential topics/questions of interest include (but are not limited to):

The goal of this special issue of JTD is to increase awareness of polyvictimization by clinicians and researchers in the traumatic stress and dissociation fields. We seek to move the field toward greater rigor, consistency, and internal and external validity in defining, conceptualizing, measuring, and treating the sequelae of polyvictimization. We are inviting papers that provide new scientific, clinical, or theoretical findings, as well as literature reviews and meta-analyses. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.

Manuscripts should be 1500-5500 words. For more instructions and information about the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, see Submission Instructions for Authors at

Complete submissions will be accepted for consideration until March 31, 2017. Please refer to the journal website for specific submission requirements (including a submission checklist) and more information about the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation: Manuscripts should be submitted via e-mail ( or directly to the special issue’s editors.

We welcome your questions and correspondence prior to submission. Also, interested authors are welcome to submit abstracts for feedback from the special issue editors regarding the appropriateness of their proposals for this issue.

If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer for this special issue we welcome your involvement and invite you to contact the special issue editors via e-mail.


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