Dear readers, I am pleased to introduce the 2020 Issue of IJCAR, the International Journal of Child and Adolescent Resilience. We have to recognize that we are confronted with an unprecedented situation in the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the world, we are all trying to manage and adapt in these uncertain times. Research on resilience and factors promoting adaptation despite adversity should thus be at the forefront of our preoccupations. Indeed, what we have learned in the past decades in this area of research can inform as to which strategies to focus on to alleviate distress and build upon individual and collective strengths to foster positive outcomes for youth and their families.
This is the first issue for which I have the pleasure to act as Editor-in-Chief. IJCAR is now published with the support of the Canada Research Chair in Interpersonal Traumas and Resilience. As you can see, the journal has a new look. We have chosen the dandelion as our emblem due to its capacity to thrive in difficult conditions. The dandelion represents the ability to rise above life's challenges.
It is worth mentioning that IJCAR now solicits different manuscript formats. In addition to original research articles, we now accept submissions of brief reports and review articles that aim to provide a synthesis and critical analysis of existing published literature. We also accept theoretical papers, clinical intervention papers that provide descriptions of innovative intervention or prevention approaches that aim to promote resilience, as well as commentaries.
In the 2020 issue, we have introduced several new elements. First, we have the pleasure of presenting a feature paper in both English and in French. This paper is written by Dr. Sherry Hamby, a renowned expert in the field of resilience. Hamby and colleagues used a dual-factor approach to examine associations between seeking and receiving social support. Also Dr. Christine Wekerle, founder of the journal, presents a thoughtful commentary on Dr. Hamby’s research.
This issue includes four regular articles on different aspects of resilience. First, Jean-Thorn and colleagues provide evidence of reliability and validity for the Connor-Davidson Resilience scale (CD-RISC 10; Campbell-Sills & Stein, 2007; Hébert et al., 2018) used in a sample of mothers of sexually abused children. Then, Cabecinha-Alati and her colleagues present a novel conceptual model that elucidates some of the mechanisms involved in the intergenerational transmission of emotion dysregulation among mothers with a history of childhood maltreatment. In the following paper, Guyon and her colleagues provide a qualitative meta-synthesis that enriches the actual body of knowledge by identifying key aspects of the recovery process of child sexual abuse survivors. Finally, Vakili and colleagues examine the impact of the Instagram platform for disseminating sensitive topics about youth resilience research.
In addition to these regular articles, we also have a thematic section focused on complex trauma arising for the 3rd Annual Complex Trauma Symposium held in Montreal in 2019. This section presents nine articles and are introduced by our colleague, Dr. Delphine Collin-Vézina, who organized the symposium.
With 15 different manuscripts, the 2020 issue is the largest edition since the creation of the IJCAR. As this was my first experience as Editor-in-Chief, I have to admit that I faced several challenges in familiarizing myself with the submission, revision, and production process. Getting through the different steps was possible because I was able to rely on a very supportive and efficient team. As associate editors, Dr. Isabelle Daigneault, Dr. Rachel Langevin and Dr. Tara Black were truly indispensable teammates in these last months and made this adventure enjoyable despite the challenges encountered. I wish to take this opportunity to warmly thank Catherine Moreau, managing editor, who guided us through the publication process and Manon Robichaud, layout editor, who meticulously laid out the manuscripts. Andréanne Fortin did a rigorous job as the senior copyeditor and harmoniously orchestrated the team of junior copy editors whom we would also like to thank: Ruo Feng, Ihssane Fethi, Marie Emma Gagné, Audrey Kern, Carley Marshall, Queeny Pognon and Aimée Wallace.We also wish to thank members of the editorial team who contributed to the revision of manuscripts and our authors for their patience with the publication deadlines. We hope you enjoy your reading!
Don’t forget to prepare your manuscripts for the 2021 issue. In addition to regular papers, we will feature a thematic section on Resilience and cultural considerations. Submit your manuscripts in English or in French. Please feel free to send the information to colleagues and students who may be interested.
Martine Hébert, Editor-in-Chief