Special lssues

Coping with Life Stress During/After the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Mental Health

Submission Deadline: 30 October 2023 (closed)

Guest Editors

Prof. Francisco Manuel Morales Rodríguez

Professor Morales Rodríguez has a degree and a Ph.D. in psychology, a degree in labour sciences, is a full professor at the University of Granada, and is active in research. He coordinates and participates in innovation projects in education, training, and employment. He has published several books and articles in academic journals and has worked as a referee for journals and in congresses. He is currently conducting research on affective-sexual and gender diversities and coordinates the advanced innovation project ‘Transversal Education for Affective-Sexual, Gender, and Corporal Diversities’. He was awarded one of the nine research prizes from the General Foundation of the University of Málaga as well as the William James Award for Psychopedagogical Innovation from the International Scientific Association of Psychopedagogy (Universidade do Minho, Portugal).
Email: fmmorales@ugr.es

Prof. Juan Pedro Martínez Ramón

Professor Juan Pedro Martínez Ramón has a degree in Psychology (2000-2005) by the University of Murcia (UMU), a degree in Psychopedagogy (2006-2007) by the UNED of Madrid, holds a Master's degree in Neuropsychology and Education (2018-2019) at the International University of La Rioja, and PhD in Psychology (2011), working as an PhD Assistant Professor in the Department of Evolutionary and Educational Psychology at the University of Murcia. His research interests include coexistence; attention to diversity; bullying; burnout; coping strategies; stress; social skills; artificial neural networks; educational psychology.
Email: juanpedromartinezramon@um.es


The use of coping strategies has an impact on people’s mental health, quality of life, and psychological well-being. Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in educational and social fields, it is necessary to evaluate the coping strategies used to cope with daily stress in the face of the worries of daily life and the situation generated by this pandemic. There is evidence that the use of certain strategies may be associated with greater or lesser prediction of psychopathology, maladjustment, or, in contrast, good mental health, psychological adjustment, and well-being. The pandemic has increased the levels of daily stress, post-traumatic stress, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, and other daily difficulties in socioemotional management. It has also impacted the academic environment. This necessitates an evaluation of the stress-coping strategies employed in different social, educational, health, and family contexts by analysing their relationships with psychopathology, psychological adjustment, and maladjustment.


This issue focuses on coping with life stress before/during/after the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on mental health in different contexts, such as family, social, academic, and health. You are invited to submit empirical articles, systematic reviews, or reports of a quantitative or qualitative nature to expand the state of knowledge of this thematic line and that may contribute to improve psychoeducational intervention programmes aimed at teaching and promoting effective coping strategies in the face of stress and adversity in different contexts.


The topics of interest for this special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

Assessment of stress-coping strategies in different contexts before, during, and after the pandemic

Differences in the use of coping strategies as a function of gender, age, socioeconomic status, and other socio-demographic variables

Coping, psychopathology, psychological adjustment, and maladjustment

Emotion-focused coping, improved coexistence, empathy, and prosocial behaviour

Coping with academic and technological stress

Relationships between coping strategies and other psychoeducational variables such as self-efficacy, school anxiety, bullying, violence, aggression, burnout, anxiety, depression, self-efficacy, social and emotional skills, mindfulness, resilience, self-esteem, happiness, life satisfaction, well-being, and quality of life, among many others

Coping, online gambling problem, and internet addiction 

Cultural considerations in coping daily stress and mental health

Intervention programs for the training of productive or effective coping strategies


Assessment, coping strategies, educational psychology, health, stress, anxiety, depression, psychopathology, social and emotional maladjustment, mental health promotion

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