Psychological Trauma in Intellectual Disability populations

Call for papers for: Advances in Mental Health & Intellectual Disabilities


Guest Editor:

Deborah Morris
St Andrew’s Healthcare
[email protected]



Children and adults with intellectual disabilities are significantly more likely to be exposed to adversity and trauma compared to neurotypical populations. Repeated exposure to trauma can have enduring and life limiting consequences to the individual. The social and economic impact of trauma are an increasing public health concern.

Despite this, the experiences, voice and holistic needs of this population are conspicuous in their absence from the trauma literature and current national guidance for trauma care. Evidenced based trauma informed treatment approaches and service models for people with Intellectual Disabilities remain very much in their infancy. In addition, evidence also suggests that COVID-19 may exacerbate existing inequalities experienced by people with intellectual disabilities and a multitude of risks, including of experiencing trauma.

Developing initiatives for people with an intellectual disability to prevent their exposure to trauma, to understand the potential trauma related impacts of COVID-19, and to increase access to specialist trauma informed care, are national strategic, research and clinical priorities.

This special issue of Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities focuses on the trauma experiences and needs of this population.

We welcome original articles on any aspect of this broad area. These may include:

  • Epidemiology, aetiology, associations, and impact of trauma
  • Specific types of trauma, including developmental, PTSD, Complex PTSD and Moral Injury
  • The lived experience of COVID-19 and its impact on the individual, access to specialist services and relationship with existing care needs
  • Specific populations, such as children, adults and older adults, forensic, prison, community, inpatient and displaced populations
  • Assessment and diagnosis of trauma presentations and needs; and how they are being met during the pandemic
  • Trauma support for professional, informal and familial systems who have contact with people with trauma needs
  • Interventions and management approaches
  • Quality improvement initiatives, evaluations of practice, and articles addressing health policy or service provision
  • Review articles

We are keen for service user and carer views and experience to be presented. This might be as joint pieces, commentaries or personal reflections.

Deadline and Submission Details

The submission deadline for all papers is 31 December 2020
The publication date of this special issue is mid 2021


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