Finigan-Carr Editor for Special Issue of Journal of Youth & Adolescence - Call for Papers

Special Issue on Sexual and Reproductive Health among Marginalized and System-Involved Youth

Marginalized and system-involved youth, including youth experiencing homelessness and youth involved with the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems, engage in sexual risk behaviors at higher rates and are at increased risk for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections than their general population peers. Yet, the literature on how to sensitively address the sexual and reproductive health needs of these youth is limited. This is especially true for subgroups of youth who are over-represented among these populations (e.g., LGBTQ or Indigenous youth in foster care or experiencing homelessness).

This special issue will feature empirical articles that address the sexual and reproductive health needs of marginalized and system-involved youth. We are interested in quantitative studies that: 1) offer theoretical insights into predictors of sexual and reproductive health; 2) include strong methods, such as those with longitudinal designs, multi-informants, or that leverage administrative data to complement self-reports; 3) appropriately examine moderators and/or mediators of various predictors and consequences of sexual and reproductive risk; 4) test developed hypotheses that take into account the intersectionalities of marginalization; and 5) advance prevention/intervention efforts and/or policies that promote sexual and reproductive health. Studies should have clearly defined implications for research and practice or policy. In keeping with the interdisciplinary perspective of Journal of Youth and Adolescence, we welcome papers from a variety of fields, such as public health, social work, prevention science, psychology, psychiatry, biology, criminology, and education.

Full Manuscript Deadline: March 1, 2021

Manuscript Guidelines: Manuscripts should follow APA style, be in English, and not exceed 25-30 pages, including text, references, tables and figures. In the cover letter to the editor, authors need to reference their desire to submit their manuscript for consideration to the special issue. If more pages were used than expected, authors should justify why in their cover letter. Further information about submission guidelines can be found at the following website:

Feel free to forward this announcement to colleagues and to contact the special issue editors Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio (, Dr. Amy Dworsky (, and Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr ( with any questions.


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