Psychology, Community and Health: Consolidation and Transformation

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Psychology, Community and Health: Consolidation and Transformation


Gaspar, Rui, Costa, Pedro, Marques, Marta, Psychology, Community & Health


The current issue of Psychology, Community and Health marks the ending of a five-year period from the moment when the journal was officially born (Issue #1 in March 2012) towards the subsequent period when the journal learned how to take its first steps.

Various articles in various scientific areas across various regular and special issues, allowed showcasing its diverse range of topics within its scope. From psychosocial aspects of illness, treatment processes, recovery and prevention to psychological and community-based interventions, targeting individuals, families, groups or communities; from promotion of resilience, health, and competence to quality of life and wellbeing in people with chronic diseases and in the community context; and many other topics with a focus on individuals, groups and communities.

Now is time for consolidation. Time has come to consolidate the growth initiated by the former Editor-in-Chief of Psychology, Community and Health for the last five years: Dr. Filipa Pimenta. We give a “Farewell full of gratitude” for her work of excellence. It is now time to consolidate all the achievements done, which provide a strong foundation for the journal’s future growth. We are in debt to her and we will pay this debt with work, much work, to make the journal a reference within the field(s) of its scope.

Now is also the time for transformation. The journal does not exist in a static social environment. It exists in an ever changing society with emerging demands posed by increasing challenges and threats. In the next years, the journal will respond to such demands and adapt its scope in accordance to society's needs, through the eyes of its authors and readers. This evolution will be the focus of future editorials.

One of the first transformations implemented by the new Editors-in-Chief team, starts in the current issue/volume. …

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