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  • Call for papers for special issue "Dark Traits in Applied Context"

    02.04.2021

    Research on the Dark Triad traits (i.e., Machiavellianism, narcissism, and psychopathy; Paulhus & Williams, 2002) has become a popular topic in personality psychology. The popularity of this area of research has led to new traits being proposed (e.g., sadism and spitefulness) in hopes of expanded the breadth of coverage of this dark space but also simultaneous attempts to reduce with the emergence of the Dark Dyad and the Dark Factor of Personality (D). The field tends to be characterized by five themes: (1) the Dark Triad in the context of life history theory and mating; (2) measurement issues; (3) the Dark Triad in the context of basic personality traits along with its relations with other candidates and antisocial behavior as their main characteristic; (4) gender differences; and (5) organizational psychology (Dinić & Jeveremov, 2019). However, compared to the others, the Dark Triad traits within the organizational setting has received the least attention along with other applied domains like cyberpsychology, political psychology, ecological psychology, and sport psychology. Furthermore, although we know that dark traits can be associated with “toxic” social outcomes, there are still open questions about the mechanisms through which dark traits are related to these outcomes and the interplay between dark traits and contextual factors that contribute to adverse outcomes. And last, there are still questions of the potential functional and adaptive utility of dark traits in different contexts.

    This special issue of Primenjena psihologija will consider submissions in the form of quantitative or qualitative research or systematic literature reviews, related to relevant topics in the applied context. Studies that investigate contexts in which dark traits are toxic and contexts in which they could be adaptive are welcome. For this topical issue, we seek contributions considering, but not limited to, the following areas:

    - Dark traits in the context of the organizational setting: How dark traits affect workplace outcomes and under which organizational conditions (e.g., competitive climate); how dark traits differ across various professions and how they are related to job demands

    - Dark traits in the context of intimate relationships: How dark traits affect relationship outcomes at different stages of relationships development, in offline and online contexts

    - Dark traits in the forensic context: Mechanisms through which relations between dark traits and the tendency towards risky and antisocial behaviors could be explained

    - Dark traits in the context of health and intervention: How dark traits affect physical and mental health and risk behaviors in order to provide cues for intervention

    - Dark traits in the context of the pandemic: mechanisms through which dark traits are related to emotional, cognitive, and behavioral responses to the pandemic in different phases of the pandemic; how they are related to COVID-19 conspiracy theories and how they affect behavior.

    References

    Dinić, B. M., & Jevremov, T. (2019). Trends in research related to the Dark Triad: A bibliometric analysis. Current Psychology. Online first. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-019-00250-9

    Paulhus, D. L., & Williams, K. M. (2002). The Dark Triad of personality: Narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy. Journal of Research in Personality, 36, 556–563. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0092-6566(02)00505-6

    Deadline for the submission of papers is September 15, 2021.

    Accepted papers are to be published in Vol. 14, No. 4 (December 2021). The authors are requested to submit their papers in English electronically via http://primenjena.psihologija.ff.uns.ac.rs/index.php/pp. For all necessary information regarding manuscript preparation, please check the Instruction for authors section.

    Sincerely,
    Bojana Dinić and Peter K. Jonason
    Guest Editors

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  • Call for Papers for Special Issue on “Mental health in times of crisis”

    15.04.2020

    We are currently facing a global pandemic that no one could have imagined at the end of last year. At this point, it's hard to think of the overall consequences, however, what we can be sure of and what current clinical practice points, together with first published works, is that the burden on mental health will be significant. We know that the Chinese symbol for crisis is made from two ideograms that together mean a crisis, but separate, the first means danger and the second, possibility. These circumstances will certainly lead to a decrease in mental health, more specifically there will be an increase of anxiety, depression, stress, and addictions. Domestic violence is expected to become more frequent, as well as the negative effects on the mental health of children. At this moment, health workers are particularly at risk, since they are first line of defense against a pandemic and there is first research evidence published that their mental health has been impaired. However, we must not forget that, after the crisis, some positive changes may appear, and it is important to focus research attention on this aspect as well.

    Different countries have responded to the pandemic problem in different ways; therefore, we invite authors from different countries to submit their papers in order to gain additional insight into the impact of social circumstances in crisis on mental health.

    This special issue of Primenjena psihologija accepts submissions in the forms of: quantitative or qualitative research, case studies, and systematic literature review, related to relevant topics in the applied context. The following list of topics may serve as illustration and inspiration; however, it is non-exhaustive as other relevant topics shall also be considered.

    • Predictors of stress, anxiety and depression
    • Mental health of medical workers
    • Mental health in changed school setting
    • Psychological help in the times of crises
    • Mental health in changed occupational settings
    • Alcohol and drug abuse
    • Effects of isolation on mental health
    • Domestic violence during the pandemic

    All submitted papers are subject to a double-blind peer-review process. The submission deadline is September 15, 2020, and accepted papers are to be published in Vol. 13, No. 4 (December 2020). The authors are requested to submit their papers (in English) electronically by using the web site primenjena.psihologija.ff.uns.ac.rs. For all necessary information regarding the manuscript preparation please check the Author Guidelines section.

    Sincerely,
    Guest Editor


    Prof. Dr. Anita Lauri Korajlija
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia

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  • Call for Papers for Special Issue on “Conflicts and Communication difficulties in Interpersonal Relationships”

    28.03.2019

    Whenever two or more individuals have different opinions or strive toward the same scarce resources, there is a fertile ground for an interpersonal conflict to develop. Interpersonal conflicts are as old as our civilization, and no matter the size or the cause, they have resulted in an array of different outcomes and consequences for their actors. Whether they occur: in a dyadic relationship between intimate partners; between a patient and a therapist; in a peer-group of students, or between two teams within the same company, conflicts can always be observed from a psychological viewpoint. Most conflicts are mixed-motive conflicts in which the parties involved have both cooperative and competitive interests, but there is no easy guess regarding whether the result will be constructive or destructive.

    If the conflict is openly manifested, the main tool that the conflicted sides are often utilizing is interpersonal communication. Therefore, communication factors, strategies, and preferences are also of great importance when examining conflicts.

    This special issue of Primenjena psihologija accepts submissions in the forms of: quantitative or qualitative research, case studies, and systematic literature review, related to relevant topics in the applied context. The following list of topics may serve as illustration and inspiration; however, it is non-exhaustive as other relevant topics shall also be considered.

    • Measuring conflicts and/or psychological reactions to them
    • Personal conflict resolution strategies
    • Organizational conflicts and conflict resolution
    • Social conflicts and conflict resolution
    • Peer conflicts and conflict resolution
    • Conflicts in romantic relationships and conflict resolution
    • Communication in interpersonal relationships
    • Assertive communication

    All submitted papers are subject to a double-blind peer-review process. The submission deadline is September 15, 2019, and accepted papers are to be published in Vol. 12, No. 4 (December 2019). The authors are requested to submit their papers electronically by using the web site primenjena.psihologija.ff.uns.ac.rs. For all necessary information regarding the manuscript preparation please check the Author Guidelines section.

    Sincerely,
    Guest Editor
    Prof. Dr. Petar Vrgović
    Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad

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  • Call for Papers of Special Issue on “Behavioral Genetics: Relation to Psychological Science”

    28.09.2018

    Dear colleagues,

    Since the groundbreaking studies of Sir Francis Galton, behavioral genetics research has contributed enormously to our understanding of psychological phenomena in general, and in particularly of the lifespan development of psychological traits. It is a great pleasure and honor for me to collaborate with the members of the Editorial Board, and work as the international “co-editor” for the special issue of Primenjena psihologija. The proposed issue intends to publish papers focused on behavioral genetics research in psychology. As a first step, I kindly invite you to submit papers to this journal, related to the topic of the special issue.

    The papers may cover any aspect of the genetic basis of psychological traits and phenomena. This includes, but is not limited to, twin and family studies, adoption studies, and molecular genetic studies.

    This Special issue is planned to be published in December 2018. The authors are requested to submit their papers electronically by using the web site primenjena.psihologija@ff.uns.ac.rs. For all necessary information regarding the manuscript preparation please check the Author Guidelines section.

    Sincerely,

    Guest Editor
    Prof. Dr. Rainer Riemann
    Bielefeld University, Germany
    Faculty for Psychology and Sport Science
    Department of Psychology

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