Family Relations: Interdisciplinary Journal of Applied Family Studies

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We're seeking applications for the next editor of Family Relations. Find details here.

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The February 2013 issue of Family Relations is open to the public on the Wiley-Blackwell website.

About FR

Family Relations is a publication of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR). Since 1951, the journal has published basic and applied articles that are original, innovative and interdisciplinary and that focus on diverse family forms and issues. Audiences include educators in academic and community settings, researchers with an applied or evaluation focus, family practitioners, and family policy specialists. Appropriate articles include empirically based applied research, educational philosophies or practices, critical syntheses of relevant substantive areas, program evaluations, curriculum development and assessment, issues in the discipline, professional development, and basic research with clearly articulated implications for practice and policy.

The journal has a circulation of approximately 5,000. Journal articles focus on a wide range of topics of interest to both scholars and practitioners, including: aging; child & parent relationships; cross-cultural/international issues; families across the life cycle; family diversity; family health; family interventions; family life education; family policy; family therapy; gender & family relationships; marital enrichment; marital strengths; minority families; religion & the family; sex education; sexual & emotional abuse; stress & relationships; women's issues; and much more.

More than 80 percent of our readers identify Family Relations as meeting their needs better than any other applied journal.

Family Relations is published five times a year (February, April, July, October, and December) and averages 120 pages. Articles are peer-reviewed. The acceptance rate is 20.4 percent.

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Our readers say

"A journal that keeps improving with more on children, parenting, marriage and contemporary social problems than any journal I know of... I read more articles in each issue than in any other journal I get."

"It is the only journal I know of that deals with both families and family programs as central themes."

"Family Relations gives me a powerful resource to work with families in distress and gives me the help I need to solve problems."

"It consistently gives a strong sense of emerging issues in the field, provides valuable reviews, and represents solid scholarship."

"Family Relations is the first place I go to find a research base for family life education, especially parent education."
Call for applications — editor of Family Relations

Call for applications — Family Relations editor

The new editor's four-year term will begin with the publication of the February 2016 issue. Editorial responsibilities, however, will begin in January 2015.

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Family Relations journal archive

Access full-text Family Relations articles from five years old back to the journal's inception in 1953.

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Information about submitting an article, preparing your manuscript, reading proofreader marks, our copyright agreement, our style guidelines, and FR's table format.

FR reviewers

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Ronald M. Sabatelli

FR Editorial Board and staff

Ronald M. Sabatelli, Ph.D., CFLE, Editor

Professor & Department Head, Human Development & Family Studies - University of Connecticut