Special Issue "New Advancements in the Science of Emotional Health among Vulnerable Youth"

A special issue of Healthcare (ISSN 2227-9032). This special issue belongs to the section "School Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn
Guest Editor
Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education, Virginia Union University, Richmond VA 23220, USA
Interests: social psychological determinants of student success; sense of belonging; equity/diversity; public health

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Everybody wants to belong, regardless of environment or identity. The sense of belonging is a basic human need, a fundamental matter for emotional and public health. It is generally defined as a feeling of security and support that results when there is a sense of acceptance, inclusion, and identification for a member of a certain group or place. With the global COVID-19 pandemic, belonging has taken on an heightened importance in certain environments (e.g, poverty, rural, communities of color), as it usually happens  amid threatening public health issues and conditions associated with racial trauma and stress, to name a few.

This Special Issue of Healthcare focuses on research and studies related to emotional health of youth, who are  part of our most vulnerable population. This may include school- and college-age youth who are low-income, people of color, immune-compromised, LGBTQIA, immigrant, justice-involved. To address this critical topic, we invite scholars and researchers in public health, epidemiology, education, health economics, policy, public administration, and other social science fields to submit high-quality, well-written empirical reports, systematic reviews, theoretical essays, and short communications related to the core topics in this research area.

Prof. Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Healthcare is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Sense of belonging
  • Resilience
  • Achievement
  • Mindset
  • Vulnerable
  • Safety/Security
  • Public health

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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