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Resilience and Vulnerability Factors in Response to Stress

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Stress exposure has been well-documented as a determinant for the development of several mental disorders, including among others depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). However, little is known about the factors influencing the relationship between stress and psychopathology, especially concerning the interplay of vulnerability and resilience factors as well as the role of different types of stress in the development of psychopathological conditions. In addition, the introduction of the new category “stress and trauma-related disorders” in the DSM-5 opens the way for new research avenues combining knowledge on traumatic and non-traumatic stress.

In particular PTSD remains a treatment-refractory condition in more than one-third of cases. And although exposure to traumatic events is frequent, the conditional risk of developing PTSD is below 50%, suggesting an important role of individual vulnerability and resilience factors in the development of trauma-related disorders.

This Research Topic welcomes scientific contributions, including original research, reviews (preferentially systematic reviews), meta-analyses, secondary analyses of data as well as theoretical reflections and hypotheses on the field of stress-related resilience and vulnerability, and on the relationship between stress and psychopathology in general. We welcome clinical and pre-clinical studies as well as basic research in humans and / or animals, including but not limited to:
• studies using observational or interventional designs, investigating pathophysiological mechanisms as well as the role of stress on health in different types of environment (work, school, family,…) throughout the lifespan
• prevention-oriented research.
• interdisciplinary research including psychiatry, psychology, occupational health, public health, education, social and nursing research, neuro- physiology, and biology among others
• lifelong perspective with contributions from childhood to old age as well as coming from different social and cultural communities.


Keywords: Stress, Resilience, PTSD, Vulnerability, Psychopathology


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Stress exposure has been well-documented as a determinant for the development of several mental disorders, including among others depression, substance use disorders, eating disorders, adjustment disorders and post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). However, little is known about the factors influencing the relationship between stress and psychopathology, especially concerning the interplay of vulnerability and resilience factors as well as the role of different types of stress in the development of psychopathological conditions. In addition, the introduction of the new category “stress and trauma-related disorders” in the DSM-5 opens the way for new research avenues combining knowledge on traumatic and non-traumatic stress.

In particular PTSD remains a treatment-refractory condition in more than one-third of cases. And although exposure to traumatic events is frequent, the conditional risk of developing PTSD is below 50%, suggesting an important role of individual vulnerability and resilience factors in the development of trauma-related disorders.

This Research Topic welcomes scientific contributions, including original research, reviews (preferentially systematic reviews), meta-analyses, secondary analyses of data as well as theoretical reflections and hypotheses on the field of stress-related resilience and vulnerability, and on the relationship between stress and psychopathology in general. We welcome clinical and pre-clinical studies as well as basic research in humans and / or animals, including but not limited to:
• studies using observational or interventional designs, investigating pathophysiological mechanisms as well as the role of stress on health in different types of environment (work, school, family,…) throughout the lifespan
• prevention-oriented research.
• interdisciplinary research including psychiatry, psychology, occupational health, public health, education, social and nursing research, neuro- physiology, and biology among others
• lifelong perspective with contributions from childhood to old age as well as coming from different social and cultural communities.


Keywords: Stress, Resilience, PTSD, Vulnerability, Psychopathology


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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