ראשון, 18 אוגוסט 2013

CALL FOR PAPERS

Infant Mental Health Journal: Special Issue on Very Young Children and Their Fathers

Special Issue Guest Editors

Erika L. Bocknek (Wayne State University), Ziarat Hossain (University of New Mexico) and  Lori Roggman (Utah State University)

The earliest years of a child’s life represent a critical period of development and formation of parent-child relationships. For the most part, scholarship on young children’s development has been traditionally conceptualized within the mother-child interaction paradigm.   However, recognizing the importance of fathers’ contributions to child development, the Infant Mental Health Journal published a special issue on fathers and infants in 1981 and a second issue in 1999.  These publications provided much needed leadership over a significant emergence of new literature to explore the important role of fathers in the lives of young children. In the intervening years, research has increasingly examined the role of fathers in infancy and early childhood. Overall, the findings of these recent studies suggest that fathers are most likely to be involved with their children in the earliest years and that fathers’ early involvement in infancy predicts children’s early developmental outcomes as well as long term outcomes in middle childhood many years later. In view of the burgeoning interest in fatherhood research, as well as the continuing gaps in related scholarship, it is time for the IMHJ to publish another special issue focusing on fathers and early childhood development.

The proposed special issue of IMHJ will highlight new trends in the study of fathers and early development and is particularly concerned with special populations and emerging areas of fathering research including studies of military families, family systems/triadic interactions, incarcerated fathers and fathering at reentry, co-parenting and co-constructed parenting systems, and risks and resilience in the father-child relationship. This special issue will be devoted to advancing theory, research, and clinical practice with young children and their fathers across cultural and ecological contexts. Of highest interest are papers that use new methods or measures to study fathers or focus on underrepresented ethnoracial groups and discuss pertinent issues related to fathering in these families. Papers are invited that examine any aspect of theory or clinical practice with fathers and young children, though original empirical research will be prioritized.

For further information, please contact Dr. Erika L. Bocknek at  כתובת דואר אלקטרוני זאת מוגנת מפני spambots. יש להפעיל JavaScript על מנת לראות את הכתובת . All manuscripts will be subject to peer review in order to be accepted for publication. The deadline for manuscript submission is February 3, 2014.  Manuscripts should be submitted via the ScholarOne manuscript submission site only (http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/imhj). Please see the Infant Mental Health Journal website (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1097-0355) for complete author guidelines and the link to the manuscript submission site.

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