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Unlike the content of our scholarly journals, the articles in the Family Focus section of NCFR Report have not been peer-reviewed.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 views expressed in NCFR Report may not represent the views of the entire NCFR organization

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Call for Authors

Spring 2022 Issue: A New “Normal”

Proposal Deadline: Extended to Sept. 22, 2021

Adults, children, and families experience normative and non-normative events that result in changes from what they are accustomed to, or what’s “normal.” Research and theory have helped us understand how families adjust and are impacted by several of these life changing events, such as the transition to parenthood, divorce, remarriage, empty nesting, and the death of a loved one.

The global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has many people worldwide longing for a return to normal. Is a return to normal possible, or even desirable? What would a new normal look like? How is a new normal different based on someone’s ability, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, national origin, or immigration status? More importantly, what do families need to thrive in the new normal? Growth requires change, however change is not always comfortable, easy, or even optional.

The purpose of the Spring 2022 issue of Family Focus is to offer some insight on how Family Science can advance research, practice, and policy that supports families in embracing and thriving in a new normal.

  • What lessons have we learned from past and emerging research that can help guide future research in studying how today’s families adjust to change?
  • How can best practices from community outreach, intervention programs, and clinical services be applied to support families during normative and/or non-normative transitions?
  • Are there policies that impede and/or support families in successfully growing and thriving following micro- and macro-level events

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online by Sept. 22, 2021.

Articles are due Oct. 15, 2021. Contact the editor with questions.

 

Summer 2022 Issue: Promoting Mental Health

Proposal Deadline: Nov. 15, 2021

Prolonged periods of crisis can have detrimental effects on the mental health of individuals across the lifespan. As we continue to emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the amplified deterioration in the mental health of so many youth and adults is evident. Families are struggling with the intensification of uncertainty, persistent social and political mistrust, unceasing economic pressures, and trepidations of returning to school and the workplace.

The purpose of the Summer 2022 issue of Family Focus is to advance efforts in understanding and meeting the mental health needs of children, youth, adults, and families.

  • How has research enhanced our understanding of the link between ongoing exposure to stressful and traumatic situations, or adverse childhood experiences, within families and poor mental health outcomes?
  • What best practices from community outreach, intervention programs, and clinical services can be applied to support individuals and families with mental health struggles such as posttraumatic stress, anxiety or depressive disorders, and addictions?
  • How are these practices appropriately adapted to meet the diverse needs of individuals based their gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, national origin, and/or immigration status?
  • How are these practices appropriately adapted to meet the diverse needs of families?
  • Are there policies that exist or that are needed to support individuals and families suffering from mental illness as well as to promote mental health and well-being?

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online by Nov. 15, 2021.
Articles are due Jan. 15, 2022. Contact the editor with questions.