NCFR Report is NCFR's quarterly member magazine. It provides updates and information on the work of NCFR and its members.

The Family Focus section of NCFR Report invites article submission on key family topics — research- or practice-based — to serve as a resource for faculty and family educators.

Family Focus Editor: Joyce Serido, Ph.D.

See below for author guidelines.

The views expressed in NCFR Report may not represent the views of the entire NCFR organization.

Call for Authors

Winter 2024 Issue: Sibling Interactions and Family Dynamics

Proposal Deadline Extended: March 7, 2024

The centrality of siblings as a source of influence and tension in family life is well-established. We know that increases in divorce, remarriage, and stepfamily formation added complexity to sibling interactions. What about the complexity of sibling interactions in the midst of global uncertainty and rapid social change?

For this issue, I invite Family Scientists to offer insights on sibling interactions and family dynamics during times of social change and growing uncertainty about the future. Authors are encouraged to submit evidence-based proposals that critically examine the internal and external factors that influence sibling interactions, sibling relationships, and broader family dynamics, highlighting challenges and opportunities for growth and well-being.

Possible topics include:

  • How does caring for aging parents affect sibling relationships?
  • If and when do siblings share information about unknown siblings?
  • What role does social media play in sibling connection and interaction?
  • How do siblings adapt to alienation and exclusion?

Prospective authors should submit their proposals by March 7, 2024, using this online submission form. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions. 

Summer 2024 Issue: Working with Families in Difficult Moments

Proposal Deadline: Saturday, June 15, 2024

“Difficult moments” can be interpreted in several ways. Difficult moments can refer to challenging circumstances that families face. Many FLEs support individuals and families as they navigate discrimination, poverty, mental illness, physical illness, family separation and reunification, and other trying circumstances. The term can also refer to difficult situations experienced by FLEs themselves, such as facilitating groups in which participants have polarizing viewpoints or compassion fatigue.

Possible topics include:

  • Your story of how you have navigated difficult moments in your work as an FLE
  • The challenges FLEs address as they support families in difficult situations
  • Tips and/or resources that you have found to help you as you move through difficult moments in your work
  • Stories highlighting multiple perspectives on what it is like to work through difficult moments as a CFLE professional
  • How you use data or research to support your work

Review the author guidelines on the CFLE Network newsletter page: When you submit your article, please use our new CFLE Network Article Submission Form. As always, you are invited to email your ideas, intentions, and questions to Beth Magistad. I look forward to working with you!


Author Guidelines

NCFR Member Groups may submit articles to NCFR Report. Articles should be 700 words or less and pertain to matters related to that member group such as conference sessions, awards, member spotlights, or other member programs or activities. New programs or initiatives (such as fundraising) should be brought to the attention of Ginnie O’Neill before inclusion in an article for NCFR Report. Deadlines to submit articles throughout the year are Dec. 15, March 15, June 15, and Sept. 15.

Authors wishing to submit a research- or practice-based article for Family Focus on a specific family topic must review our  revised Author Guidelines below:

Family Focus Author Guidelines (PDF)


A Member Forum

NCFR Report is a quarterly magazine for members designed to encourage member-to-member dialogue, to inform colleagues about our research, and to discuss research application for practitioners and policy professionals. Through Report, NCFR also builds our community by reporting on people, events, and organizational news.

Unlike the content of our scholarly journals, the articles in NCFR Report have not been peer-reviewed. In the spirit of open debate and academic freedom, NCFR Report is a member forum for exchanging ideas. The opinions or findings expressed are those of the author(s), which may or may not represent the official position of NCFR as an organization nor the prevailing scientific consensus on the topic.