NCFR Report, NCFR's quarterly member magazine, is filled with research-based information about key family topics.

Report is also an opportunity for submission of articles — research- or practice-based — to the Family Focus section, and can be a useful resource for faculty and family educators.

Current editor: Judith A. Myers-Walls, Ph.D., CFLE
Incoming editor: Ted G. Futris, Ph.D., CFLE

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

Call for Submissions

Learn about contributing to the Family Focus section of NCFR Report, and email our Family Focus editor about writing on the following upcoming theme/s:

Spring 2020 Issue: Family Rituals

Family rituals serve an important function in supporting coherence and well-being in families. Family rituals might mark major individual milestones or family events, or they might serve to provide structure and rhythm to the passing of a day or a week. Family rituals could be tied to faith traditions, cultural practices, or family history. How are family rituals influenced by demographic and cultural changes? Do family rituals provide reassurance and familiarity? When do family rituals represent oppressive remnants of the past? When do family rituals become a burden rather than support family development? Some burdens might be financial, emotional, or relational. How do generations look at family rituals differently? How does migration to a new location affect family rituals?

The spring 2020 edition of Family Focus in NCFR Report will be devoted to the topic of family rituals. Keeping in mind the publication’s goal of translational Family Science, of what published empirical evidence are you aware to contribute to this edition? What information is available on this topic? How can we help families and family professionals understand the operation of family rituals in their lives?

Prospective authors should indicate intent to submit by Nov. 1, 2019. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions or about your interest in submitting, and include one to two sentences summarizing what you wish to cover. Articles are due Nov. 15, 2019. Please review the complete author guidelines below.

Summer 2020 Issue: Immigration

Proposal Deadline: December 15, 2019

The number of immigrant and refugee families settling in the United States, as well as in other countries around the world, has increased dramatically in the past several decades. The reasons families migrate, the process of migration and acculturation, the trauma and challenges they experience, and the assets and resources they both bring to the process and have access to not only vary but also greatly influence the adjustment of immigrant children and families. Several empirically-based models of understanding the immigration process and facilitating the positive adjustment of immigrant families exist. What practices have been tested and found to work best, for whom, and under what conditions? What are the current and potentially emerging needs of both immigrant families, the communities that accept them, and the professionals working to support them? What do legislatures need to know in order to advance policies that support these families, agencies, and communities in transition? 

The summer 2020 edition of Family Focus in NCFR Report will be devoted to the topic of immigration. The goal of Family Focus is to share translational Family Science. What published empirical evidence can you cite to contribute to this edition? What resources and strategies have you tested and found to be helpful, or what resources and strategies can you describe from the literature? Are there research-based lessons you have learned and recommendations you can offer to policymakers and family professionals to better understand and support the evolving needs of immigrant families?

Prospective authors should indicate intent to submit by Dec. 15, 2019, by completing the online proposal form. Articles are due Jan. 15, 2020. Please review the complete author guidelines below. Contact the editor at [email protected] with questions.


Family Focus Author Guidelines