Call for Papers – JCPP Advances Special Issue 2024 ‘Engaging Youth Voices: Participatory Research in Mental Health and Well-being’

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JCPP Advances invites proposals for a special issue titled “Engaging Youth Voices: Participatory Research in Mental Health and Well-being”, to be edited by Dr. Julie Hadwin, Dr. Stephane De Brito, Dr. Emily Jones, Dr. Maria Dauvermann, Dr. Ifigeneia Manitsa and Dr. Andrea MacLeod and due for publication in September 2024.

About the special issue

JCPP Advances is aiming to publish an interdisciplinary special issue on participatory research methods, with a focus on child and adolescent and early adult development as they relate to mental health and well-being and neurodevelopmental conditions, broadly defined.

Participatory research has been around for several decades though the number of studies using this methodology has increased significantly in recent years. Historically, it sits within agendas that focus on the translation and impact of research findings to non-academic contexts, though is increasingly reflected in the development and implementation of more basic clinical scientific questions. Its focus is to utilise perspectives from academic and non-academic partners to inform some or all stages of the research process, including the generation of questions and methods, data collection and analysis, and dissemination. The overarching goal of this approach is the generation of knowledge and understanding that can transform the daily life of individuals and their families and communities who are most impacted by research findings, and that can lead to broader societal benefits and policy change.

In this special issue, JCPP Advances (JCPPA) welcomes original empirical articles and systematic review articles that have used participatory research methods to provide a voice to the narratives of children, adolescents, and young adults to support their mental health and well-being.

Indicative content can include studies that have:

  • Utilised or developed guidelines to incorporate the experiences and decision making of children, adolescents, or young people to inform some or all stages of the research process.
  • Demonstrated how the co-generation of knowledge and understanding has positively empowered young people, their family, and community.
  • Highlighted the wider societal or policy implications of participatory research findings.
  • Established ethical practices and processes to remunerate children, adolescents or young people, their family, community, or other stakeholders for their role in research.
  • Developed key methodologies linked to the promotion of effective relationships with non-academic partners, including the co-generation of research questions and methods, and the analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of results.
  • Demonstrated clear procedures to ensure that the voices of young people who are more difficult to reach because of social and economic challenges are represented in the research process.
  • Highlighted how individual differences in e.g., age, sex/gender, ethnicity, or cultural background can generate diverse emerging narratives from children, adolescents, and young people in research.

JCPPA builds on the values and prestige of its sister publication, the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. The journal has a commitment to open science, rapid publication and creating a high-quality publishing experience for authors. It aims to promote new theoretical perspectives and methodological innovation. The journal is growing steadily and the papers are picking up citations. In its first three years of publication, JCPPA has published over 150 papers and had over 200,000 downloads. JCPPA is indexed in DOAJ, PsychINFO and PubMed Central.

You can view the past issues and find the most recently published articles here.

Your institution or funder may be able to help with open access Article Publication Charges (APCs) through a Wiley Open Access Account, you can check to see if your institution is included here.

If you would like to submit an article for inclusion in this special issue, please send through a proposal outlining your paper with ‘JCPPA Participatory Research SI’ in the email subject line to Prabha Choubina by 31 October, 2023. We will then invite authors whose paper is of interest to JCPPA to submit their full paper by 31 December, 2023.

If your paper is accepted for publication, it will be published on Early View until it is compiled into the Special Issue, scheduled for publication in September 2024. The collection will be promoted via Wiley social media channels.

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