Special Issue: Injured Veterans and Spousal Caregiving

deadline for submissions: 
January 6, 2020
full name / name of organization: 
Journal of Veterans Studies

Journal of Veterans Studies (JVS) Spring 2020 Issue

Guest Editor: Neil Southern,
Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Deadline: January 6, 2020

The experiences of those with long-term caring responsibilities for veterans who have sustained severe psychological or physical injuries as a consequence of conflict, is an under-researched area. Given that the family is the primary agency for the frequent provision of extensive care, it is unsurprising that this role is performed by spouses. A serious injury, of course, can also have a substantial impact on the wider family unit and may, in fact, be transgenerational in its effects. However, little is known about spousal caregiving and the challenges which the role entails. This results in a two-fold problem: firstly, scholarly understanding is poor and this has implications vis-à-vis the comprehensiveness and quality of teaching programmes in veterans studies; secondly, the dearth of knowledge results in little meaningful research material being available to policymakers when making decisions about how best to help injured veterans and assist their caregivers. There are grounds for considering those who regularly provide significant levels of caregiving to qualify as a distinct category of victim. Accordingly, it is hoped that this call for papers will not only advance our empirical understanding of the role of spousal caregiving, but that it will progress theoretical discussion about the less observable dimensions of victimhood. Contributions related to the following themes are welcome:

  • What are the spousal challenges of providing care for those suffering psychological injuries?
  • What challenges do spousal carers experience when caring for those who've sustained physical injuries?
  • How does a serious injury—physical or psychological—impact on the family unit?
  • How effective are state interventions in terms of assisting spousal caregivers?

Submission Instructions


Priority Deadline: January 6, 2020

All scholarly articles should be complete (submissions should fall within 6,000–10,000 words including abstract, keywords, notes, and references). Complete articles should be prepared for blind peer review and submitted via the above website. JVS’ website offers details on preparing anonymized submissions.

Questions about the special issue can be directed to N.Southern@shu.ac.uk. Questions about JVS should be directed to veteransstudies@gmail.com.