peach and yellow background with different contraceptives
Call for Papers
Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health among Marginalized and System-Involved Youth

The Child and Youth Services Review invites submissions for a special issue devoted to research on sexual and reproductive health among marginalized and system-involved youth.

Image is a headshot of Elizabeth Aparicio, set inside the four corners of the ReSHAPING logo.

By Elizabeth M. Aparicio, PhD

Image is a headshot of Amy Dworsky, set inside the four corners of the ReSHAPING logo.

By Amy Dworsky, PhD

Headshot of Rebekah L. Rollston, MD, MPH

By Nadine M. Finigan-Carr, PhD

May 7, 2021

The Children and Youth Services Review is accepting submissions for research papers that highlight the topic of sexual and reproductive health among marginalized youth and youth involved in systems of care, from now until July 1, 2021. 

Marginalized youth and youth involved in systems of care, including youth experiencing homelessness and youth involved in 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.

This special issue will feature empirical articles from around the globe that use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods approaches to examine the sexual and reproductive health needs of marginalized and system-involved youth.

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 youth in foster care or experiencing homelessness).

This special issue will feature empirical articles from around the globe that use qualitative, quantitative, or mixed-methods approaches to examine the sexual and reproductive health needs of marginalized and system-involved youth. Studies should have clearly defined implications for research, practice, and policy. Of particular interest are studies that take a reproductive justice-oriented approach. In keeping with the interdisciplinary perspective of the Children and Youth Services Review, papers from a variety of fields are encouriaged, such as public health, social work, prevention science, psychology, psychiatry, biology, criminology, and education. 

About the Journal

Children and Youth Services Review provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for rigorous scholarship relevant to policies, interventions, programs and services intended to improve the well-being of children and youth. We invite original scholarly works including empirical research, methodological developments, theoretical perspectives, and practice and policy assessments related to services that address individual and societal factors that negatively affect the welfare of children, youth, and young adults ages 0 to 25 and their families. The journal has a particular focus on disadvantaged or otherwise vulnerable children and young people and the systems designed to support them. Submissions that acknowledge and engage with issues of racial equity and social justice in research design, intervention design, service delivery and outcomes are strongly encouraged.

Guest Editors

This special issue will be guest-edited by ReSHAPING members Elizabeth M. Aparicio, PhD, Assistant Professor of Behavioral and Community Health, Director, Community THRIVES Lab and Deputy Director for Clinical Training and Intervention, UMD Prevention Research Center University of Maryland, College Park; Amy Dworsky, PhD, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of ChicagoNadine M. Finigan-Carr, Ph, Research Associate Professor of Social Work and Assistant Director, Ruth Youth CenterUniversity of Maryland School of Social Work.

Submission Information

Final submissions are due by July 1st, 2021.

Submit online with the Children and Youth Services Review.

  • To ensure that all manuscripts are correctly identified for inclusion in the special issue, it is important that authors select “VSI: SRH among marginalized youth” when they reach the “Article Type” step in the submission process
  • Expected article types: full-length articles and review articles.
  • Papers should be prepared in compliance with the Children and Youth Services Review’s guide for authors.
  • Manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Papers that are not appropriate for inclusion in this special issue may be rerouted (with the authors’ knowledge and consent) for consideration for publication in the Children and Youth Services Review as a regular submission. Please indicate in the cover letter accompanying your manuscript that you would like to have the paper considered for the Special Issue on Sexual and Reproductive Health among Marginalized and System-Involved Youth.

Questions?

If you would like more information about this proposal or to discuss further, please contact the guest editors:
Dr. Elizabeth Aparicio (301-405-2029)
Dr. Nadine Finigan-Carr
Dr. Amy Dworsky

Dr. Aparicio conducts community-engaged research in order to improve health equity via three interrelated areas: teen pregnancy prevention and parenting support; early childhood intervention; and child maltreatment prevention. She works to serve as a conduit for community voices, especially of maltreated parenting youth, to become a critical part of the conversation on the practices and policies that directly impact them. Dr. Aparicio worked for 9 years as a social worker with parenting foster youth and as an early childhood mental health specialist before entering academia. Dr. Aparicio is currently an assistant professor of behavioral and community health where she teaches courses in qualitative research methods, human sexuality, and community health engagement; mentors amazing students; and conducts applied and intervention research in Maryland and Hawaii with youth who are in foster care, homeless, or justice-involved. Read more. 

Dr. Amy Dworsky is a Chapin Hall Research Fellow whose research focuses on vulnerable youth populations, including youth aging out of foster care, homeless youth, and foster youth who are pregnant and/or parenting, as well as the systems in which those youth are involved. Dr. Dworsky was the Principal Investigator for an evaluation of a pilot program that connects pregnant and parenting youth in care with home visiting services and for an evaluation of a Risk Reduction Training for pregnant and parenting youth in care designed to reduce infant mortality. She is currently leading CQI activities for two evidence based home visiting programs as part of the Illinois Family First evaluation plan and is Co-Investigator for the Center for Professional Development on Promoting Adolescent Health and Preventing Pregnancy among Vulnerable Youth, which is funded by the Office of Population Affairs. Read more. 

Nadine M Finigan-Carr, Ph.D., is a prevention research scientist focused on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color. Her scholarship is grounded in theories and methods found primarily in the field of health behavior change among individuals and the environments that support or impede chronic disease prevention or management, injury, and violence. Currently, Dr. Finigan-Carr is the Assistant Director of the Ruth Young Center for Families and Children at the University of Maryland: School of Social Work where she leads the Prevention of Adolescent Risks Initiative (PARI). She is the Principal Investigator of research projects at both the state and federal levels designed to intervene with system involved youth – those in foster care or the juvenile justice system. Read more.