Special Issue "Understanding Family Diversity: Inclusive Perspectives"

A special issue of Social Sciences (ISSN 2076-0760).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 May 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Jacquelyn D. Wiersma-Mosley

School of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701, USA
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The diversity of families is arguably greater today than at any other point in history. More children are being raised by single parents, by same-sex parents, in blended families, and in families with mixed race, religion, and ethnicity. However, most family research has been based on samples of white, two-parent, middle-class families. Contemporary patterns of social inequality influence family formation and family relations, including wealth, race, gender, and sexuality. Economic conditions and social inequities can make family life difficult. Furthermore, diverse families are dynamic and changing. Appreciating and respecting diverse types of families may shed light on how families can adapt effectively to adverse circumstances.

We are seeking papers that include research on families across dimensions of diversity such as race/ethnicity, immigration status, geography, military service, sexual preference, gender identity, disability, or other diverse subpopulations. We encourage a variety of papers: conceptual, methodological, narrative reviews, policies, and practices from across the lifespan, as well as systematic studies, experimental research, along with surveys, and qualitative studies.

Dr. Jacquelyn D. Wiersma-Mosley
Guest Editor

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  • family diversity
  • race/ethnicity
  • immigration
  • gender/sexuality
  • inclusivity

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