Special Issue "Health and Well-Being Related to New Family Forms: Perspectives of Adult Individuals, Couples, Extended Family Members, Children, and Professionals"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (14 June 2022) | Viewed by 51302
Interests: new family structures; factors associated with family-form choices; effects of family structure on the well-being of women and men; women’s health and well-being; CB-ART interventions for stress reduction
Interests: Intergenerational relationships and personal growth following life transitions, such as the transitions to parenthood and grandparenthood, in regular and special circumstances (e.g., infertility, pre-term birth; twins); the psychology of risk taking, especially reckless driving, with an emphasis on risk taking among adolescents and young adults.
Over the past four decades, within most Western societies, the traditional family composed of a married heterosexual couple and their genetically related children has given way to an array of new family configurations. This shift is linked to major social and legal changes, as well as medical advances in assisted reproduction technologies. The ever-growing diversity of new family forms encompasses, among other things, intentionally child-free families, single-parent-by-choice families, families created by elective co-parenting arrangements, families headed by LGBTQ+ parents, families created through reproductive donation (e.g., sperm, egg, or embryo donation), and surrogacy families.
Recent research has begun to shed light on individual differences among parents and children within new families and the factors underlying these differences. The aim of this Special Issue is to advance our knowledge and understanding of the factors that shape the diverse experiences, wellbeing, and health outcomes of individuals on their path to forming new family forms, as well as those of the adults and children living in specific family forms, to inform the development of policies and practices designed to promote the thriving of these families. It will extend current knowledge from the viewpoints of both members of new families and professionals, such as physicians, therapists, and teachers.
This Special Issue seeks papers devoted to investigating a wide range of factors contributing to the psychological, social, and health outcomes of members in new family forms, including but not limited to characteristics of the family members, parental stress, resilience and coping strategies, family climate, stress related to non-traditional family-form choices, and sociocultural and/or other contextual factors. Papers addressing the following topics are also welcome: effects of perceived stigma on the wellbeing of adults and children in new families, the impact of laws and public policies on family-form choices, and perspectives of medical doctors, mental health professionals, and health policy-makers on the outcomes associated with living in new family forms. The Special Issue is open to papers from a variety of perspectives, including medical, psychological, social, and legal perspectives.
Prof. Dr. Dorit Segal-Engelchin
Prof. Dr. Orit Taubman-Ben-Ari
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- new family forms
- routes to parenthood
- health outcomes
- coping strategies
- infertility-related stress
- assisted reproduction
- reproductive donation
- fertility preservation