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Unlike the content of our scholarly journals, the articles in the Family Focus section of NCFR Report have not been peer-reviewed.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

For more information about contributing to Report, email the Family Focus section editor.

Call for Authors

Spring 2021 Issue: Mending Relationships

Proposal Deadline: Oct. 9, 2020

Recent events have reinforced the powerful influence of our cultural and social context (macrosystem) on the relationships within and between families, schools, and communities (microsystem) across our nation and internationally. Escalated tensions resulting from political divisiveness, racial and social injustices, civil unrest, and media (and scientific) mistrust, all amid a pandemic and economic crisis, have created and/or widened schisms in relationships among families, friends, and neighbors. At the same time, these struggles also have brought communities together to find common ground, to support those in need, and to move forward positive social change. We need to find ways to rebuild bridges that will unite us and promote the health, well-being, and stability of individuals and families. As Family scholars and professionals, we understand that the development and mending of relationships is a process. Our research identifies the mechanisms essential to supporting families and communities under stress so that they can effectively respond to differences, both internally and externally. Our practitioners translate this research into effective, best-practice strategies that families and communities can employ to build capacity and unity. Our research and outreach informs and moves forward policies that can improve and advance the health, safety, and prosperity of every individual.

For the spring 2021 issue of Family Focus, I call on my fellow Family scholars and professionals to share their expertise and contribute an article that can help mend relationships within families, communities, and countries from myriad perspectives. Prospective authors should submit their proposal online by Oct. 9, 2020.

Articles are due Nov. 15, 2020. Contact the editor with questions.


Summer 2021 Issue: Recovering from COVID-19

Proposal Deadline: Dec. 1, 2020

It is estimated that by close of 2020, the death toll due to the coronavirus may reach over 300,000 in the United States alone. Families are suffering as they grieve the loss of their loved ones and strive to maintain or recover some sense of normalcy. While we confront the challenges associated with re-opening schools, re-building the economy, and meeting the health and safety needs of individuals, families, and communities, the long-term repercussions of the global COVID-19 pandemic remain uncertain.

The summer 2021 issue of Family Focus aims to shed light on evidence-informed best-practices and recommendations that can be employed to support families, schools, and communities during this recovery process. How can research on the resiliency of children, families, and communities during past pandemics, or similar challenges, inform approaches to promote resiliency today? What have we learned from past and current policies and practices that can advance local, national, and international recovery efforts? What effective strategies can practitioners and educators use to support parents and children adapt to the adversity and trauma they have experienced as they move forward? Other general research on COVID-19 and its impacts on families is also welcomed.

Prospective authors should submit their proposal online by Dec. 1, 2020.

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