Journal for Research on Adolescence (JRA)

Call For Papers: The Impact Of The COVID-19 Pandemic On Adolescent Emotional, Social And Academic Adjustment

Journal Editor: Amanda Sheffield Morris, PhD
Series Guest Editors:  Susan Branje, PhD & Amanda Sheffield Morris, PhD

The Journal of Research on Adolescence invites manuscripts for a special issue on The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Adolescent Emotional, Social and Academic Adjustment

Since the end of 2019, the COVID-19 pandemic and the preventive measures to suppress the spread of the virus have had a strong impact on the daily life of people worldwide. Although teenagers are less likely to get seriously ill from the virus than adults, they might worry about the health of their relatives or the financial impact of the distancing measures. Also, the lockdown and distancing measures have resulted in drastic changes in their daily activities. Many adolescents have not been able to attend school for shorter or longer periods, and many had to transition to online and distance learning during lockdown, or had no schooling at all. Structured leisure activities, such as sports or hobbies, were often cancelled during lockdown periods, and adolescents had less opportunities to hang out with their peers and friends.

Although these changes are thought to affect the mental health and wellbeing of adolescents, large individual differences might exist in how adolescents are affected. Teenagers living in lower-income families, who have less or no access to the internet, and limited space at home might experience the most serious effects. Other adolescents might show resilience or might even experience positive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, the lockdown restrictions might result in less academic pressure, more time for relaxation and more (online) time with friends.

The impact of COVID-19 on emotional, social and academic adjustment during adolescence might vary not only within but also across countries and regions. Moreover, the impact might vary over the course of the pandemic, as the prolonged duration of the pandemic might result in chronic stress. The intersection of the pandemic with other political issues, such as the surge in social justice movements that has occurred in many countries, is also of interest.

We invite manuscripts that address the role of COVID-19 in changes in emotional, social and academic adjustment during adolescence. Manuscripts should be based on original, empirical studies of the impact of the pandemic on adolescents. They should compare the functioning of adolescents during the pandemic to their functioning before the pandemic, in light of normative developmental changes, and focus on COVID-19 related factors and processes that might account for these changes and individual differences. Manuscripts might also focus on changes in functioning during different phases of the pandemic, and examine the effects of changes in COVID-19 related experiences. We welcome studies addressing both negative and positive consequences of COVID-19, and invite researchers to address the factors that might impede or increase resilience. We especially encourage submissions investigating these topics on underrepresented populations of youth around the world. All manuscripts must focus on the developmental period of adolescence (ages 10-24), and adopt a developmental perspective. Studies may use quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods. Scholars should describe in rich detail the sociocultural context in which adolescents are embedded and should discuss the implications of their findings for parents, practitioners, adolescents, and/or those who work with youth and families. 

Full manuscripts are due March 31, 2021
We are requesting submitting authors to be available as reviewers for other submitted papers.

Submission Instructions: We welcome submissions for this special issue through our submission website. We are using our ScholarOne site to manage the submissions and the review process. Please choose the appropriate special section title when submitting your manuscript.

The cover letter must include a brief description of the paper, and the relevance of the manuscript to the Special Section.

Prospective authors should contact the special issue Editors with questions: Susan Branje ([email protected]), Amanda Sheffield Morris ([email protected]).


Call For Papers: Dismantling Systems Of Racism And Oppression During Adolescence

Journal Editor: Amanda Sheffield Morris, PhD
Series Guest Editors:  Dawn P. Witherspoon, PhD; Laura Wray-Lake, PhD; Linda C. Halgunseth, PhD, & Lisa Spanierman, PhD

In solidarity with the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) and AERA, SRA's Journal for Research on Adolescence is committed catalyzing scholarly inquiry related to racism in all of its forms and its impact on education-related settings, processes, and outcomes and promoting the use dissemination of science and its practical application to improve education and serve the public good.

We imagine these special issues to function as a critical self-evaluation for the field of adolescent development, questioning and unpacking existing theory and methods. Such critique is toward the goal of innovation and action, and thus we seek articles that closely thread critique with practical suggestions and alternatives and possibilities for the readership to pursue antiracist developmental science. 

Background: Current racial tensions and injustices in parallel with widening health and economic disparities revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic have made it imperative for scholars to address issues of racism, oppression, and inequities that affect adolescent development across a wide range of domains and contexts. The Journal of Research on Adolescence (JRA) will publish a series of articles on systems of racism and oppression affecting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in adolescence across four special issues/sections. To advance the field, JRA recognizes that research is needed that examines developmental processes involved in the learning and socialization of Whiteness and on adolescents’ resistance of oppression and anti-racist civic engagement. As disparities widen and systems of oppression remain intact, progress may seem distant; however, cutting-edge research may advance efforts to dismantle institutional racism across systems. While this call responds to the current moment in the United States (U.S.), systems of racism and oppression are prevalent in societies worldwide and thus research in and outside of the U.S. will be considered. The series calls for empirical and conceptual papers that address these pressing issues. More information is detailed below.

Series Overview: The sweeping impact of racism, White supremacy, and other systems of oppression on the lives of adolescents represent national and international emergencies that require scholarly attention and action. The Journal of Research on Adolescence invites manuscripts for a collection of papers that will span four volumes (i.e., one special issue; three special sections) on: interrogating and dismantling systems of racism and oppression that impact BlackandBIPOCyouth, examining Whiteness, and investigating adolescents’ resistance of racism and other systems of oppression. We welcome research across various systems and settings relevant to adolescent development, including families, schools, peer groups, health care, neighborhoods, community spaces, policing, and local or national policies. Topics relevant to current crises of police violence and the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 are encouraged. Studies should focus on racism and other oppressive systems that affect adolescents' development and adjustment (e.g., cognitive, social-emotional, identity, well-being, with implications for addressing social justice). We encourage submissions that address similar issues from international perspectives. Manuscripts can be conceptual or empirical, and we welcome diverse methodological approaches and research designs. We will accept full-length manuscripts and brief reports.

Below, you will find more information about each call for papers, details about deadlines, and instructions about abstract submissions. Decisions to invite manuscripts will be made within 4-6 weeks, and selected abstracts will be invited to submit manuscripts within 3 months of the invitation. All manuscripts will go through the normal peer-review process of JRA.

Black Lives Matter!: Systems of Oppression Affecting Black Youth

This special issue examines how systems of oppression affect Black youth. Oppression of Black youth has existed for decades; however, recognition in the U.S. and abroad has increased due to recent and consecutive events of harsh treatment and police brutality on Black youth and adults. This timely issue seeks to cast light on research that examines systems of oppression on Black youth at both the interpersonal (e.g., teacher-student) and broader systemic levels (e.g., school systems, health care, neighborhoods, community resources, and local government systems such as police). Additionally, experiences of Black youth are gendered, and Black girls have received substantially less attention despite enduring similar levels of harsh treatment across contexts. Of the K-12 population, Black girls makeup 13% of school suspensions, despite representing 8% of the student population, and are 2-3 times more likely to be disciplined for disobedience and disruptive behavior compared to White girls (Epstein et al., 2017). Thus, this issue will include research that highlights the experiences of systemic oppression of Black adolescent girls.

Abstracts Due: November 15, 2020. Invited Manuscripts Due: February 15, 2021

Lead Guest Editor: Dawn P. Witherspoon, [email protected]

“Truth is on the Side of the Oppressed”: Systems of Oppression Affecting BIPOC Youth

This set of papers examines how systems of oppression at interpersonal or broader systemic levels affect Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) during adolescence, with special attention to research with indigenous, immigrant origin, and undocumented youth. Currently, more than half of children under 15 in the United States are from BIPOC backgrounds (Brookings Institute, 2019). Despite population growth, BIPOC continue to experience racism and discrimination, which may lead to greater psychological distress as well as reduced educational and economic opportunities (U.S. Census Bureau, 2017; WHO, 2018). We encourage research that highlights youth’s intersecting identities across race/ethnicity, immigration experiences, and gender and sexuality to better understand how multiple systems of oppression affect BIPOC adolescents.

Abstracts Due: December 7, 2020. Invited Manuscripts Due: March 30, 2021

Lead Guest Editor: Linda C. Halgunseth, [email protected]

“Oppression is as American as Apple Pie”:  Learning About and Confronting Whiteness, Privilege, and Oppression

This collection of papers focuses on how adolescents from the dominant group in a racialized social system (Bonilla-Silva, 1997) conceptualize or learn about race as it pertains to White privilege, hegemony, and oppression of BIPOC. Only 11% of Whites report talking about race “often” with friends and family as opposed to 27% of Black people, and when conversations of race arise, White individuals are more likely than Black, Asian, and Latinx individuals to report that these conversations generally happen “always” or “mostly” with people of the same race (Pew Research Center, 2019). Thus, this special section will include research that examines the developmental and socialization processes of White racial attitudes and identity, White privilege, and anti-racist attitudes among adolescents. The papers also will include research examining the developmental consequences of Whiteness and racial socialization of White youth, as well as innovative methods and interventions for reducing prejudice and discrimination and actively promoting racial justice allyship among White youth.  

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Abstracts Due: December 22, 2020. Invited Manuscripts Due: April 15, 2021

Lead Guest Editor: Lisa Spanierman, [email protected]

“Good Trouble, Necessary Trouble”: Dismantling Oppression through Resistance and Activism

Police violence and the movement for Black lives has renewed national and international attention to roles youth play in standing up for injustices, organizing community members, and advocating for policy changes to dismantle racism and other oppressive structures. Estimates of 15 to 26 million participants in recent Black Lives Matter protests - with 4 in 10 under age 30 - make this the largest social movement in U.S. history (Buchanan, Bui, & Patel, 2020) and also the most racially/ethnically diverse (Barraso & Minkin, 2020). This special section focuses on developmental opportunities, experiences, and interventions that support or thwart adolescents’ anti-racist political activism and other efforts to resist oppression. We are especially interested in the experiences of BIPOC adolescents, but will also consider submissions with diverse national and international samples. The section will highlight implications of resistance for adolescents’ well-being, identity, and other domains of development as well as larger-scale impacts of anti-racist actions on movements and policy change. Going beyond civic spaces, we also welcome research that sheds light on other forms of everyday resistance to oppression, how they develop and their implications for BIPOC youth and communities.

DEADLINE EXTENDED - Abstracts Due: February 5, 2021. Invited Manuscripts Due: May 30, 2021

Lead Guest Editor: Laura Wray-Lake, [email protected]

Abstract Instructions

We welcome submissions for this special section through our submission site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jra

Abstracts (1-2 single-spaced pages, 1 page of references, 1-2 tables and/or figures) must include:

  • Brief Description (introduction, methods, results OR coverage and scope of conceptual papers and literature reviews)
  • Fit with the Special Issue Call (Relevance to Special Issue)
    • Scholars must describe and define the system(s) of oppression being studied.
    • Scholars should clearly identify the developmental phenomenon at the center of the study and what can be gained from a focus on the phenomenon/process during adolescence.   
    • Scholars must describe in rich detail the sociocultural context in which adolescents are embedded.

Due dates vary for each special issue/section (see above). Prospective authors should contact the appropriate Lead Guest Editors with questions.

Instructions for Submitting in ScholarOne

We are using our ScholarOne site to manage the abstract submission and review process. The submission process will be the same for the abstract as for a full manuscript, so it will look slightly confusing. Please read these instructions carefully.

  • At Step 1 of submission, choose ‘Special Section-Issue’ as the manuscript type and paste the title, running head (up to 50 characters) and abstract into the relevant boxes. In place of a formal cover letter, simply indicate “Special Section-Dismantling Systems of Oppression” in the designated cover letter section.
  • At Step 2, upload a full title page. Where requested to upload the main document, please upload a Word file with ONLY the abstract. You do not need a full paper at this stage.
  • Please provide keywords and the full author details at Steps 3 and 4. You do not need to provide suggested reviewers at Step 5.
  • At Step 6, you will be required to answer our standard submission questions. However, you will be able to return and update the information (e.g., number of tables and figures) later, if you are invited to submit a full manuscript.

SRCD’s Child Development Call For Papers

Child Development's Special Section will highlight research that investigates the roles of socialization, contexts, and policies in the development of anti-racism in youth, including scholarship that examines the development of anti-racist attitudes, ideological perspectives and behaviors within and across contexts with attention to the developmental stage.


AERA-Open Call For Papers

AERA-Open will publish a special section focused on the sources, conceptualizations, and mechanisms of racism and oppression as they impact education-related outcomes and wellbeing. Capitalizing on AERA’s commitment to Open Science, this special section will promote access to data, research instruments, and protocols that facilitate and, indeed, stimulate the replication and extension of research findings in the new research.