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Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy: The Normalisation Thesis – 20 years Later
12/01/2014
Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy: The Normalisation Thesis – 20 years Later

Editors: Fiona Measham (guest editor) & Amy Pennay

Over the past 20 years, a growing body of literature has debated whether the regular, recreational use of some drugs, such as cannabis and ecstasy, has become ‘normalised’ amongst young people. The original proponents of this thesis argued that the recreational use of some drugs had become a normal, common feature of life for some young people in their pursuit of leisure and pleasure. They also argued that the use of some drugs had become socially and culturally accepted by many members of the non-drug using population (Measham et al., 1994; Parker et al. 1998).

The normalisation thesis is one of the most significant recent theoretical developments to have emerged in the youth and drug studies literature, because it differed from previous criminological and psychological theories that associated drug use with deviance or resistance, subcultural affiliation, and pathology or disease. Instead, it aimed to explain why there was such an increase in recreational drug use among people of different gender, class and ethnicity.

The normalisation thesis has been debated by researchers in the UK, other parts of Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Some of this work has supported the normalisation thesis, while some has contested it. More recent work has explored concepts such as differentiated normalisation and the micro-politics of normalisation. This special issue of Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy will explore current developments in the normalisation thesis, particularly in the context of fairly stable trends in illicit drug use in western countries.

Manuscripts are encouraged that examine normalisation, and also de-normalisation, either through drawing on newly collected empirical data or providing critical reflection of facets of the theory in light of social or cultural shifts in drug use. We encourage manuscripts that address a range of licit and illicit drug types (i.e., emerging psychoactive/synthetic drugs, cannabis and e-cigarettes, as just a few examples). We hope to include a variety of different types of articles, as described in the Drugs: Education, Prevention, and Policy's Instructions for Authors, available at the journal's website, and we encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors, i.e., more experienced and junior researchers and researchers from developing and developed countries. 

Submission process: Potential authors should submit a 500-1000 word proposal. Guest Editors for the Special Issue will review the proposals and invite selected authors to submit a full manuscript, subject to peer review. Submissions should be in English and proposals should clearly state the aims, methods and findings of the article proposed.

Abstracts should be emailed to Fiona Measham (f.measham@durham.ac.uk) and to Amy Pennay (amy.pennay@turningpoint.org.au) by 1 December 2014. The email subject heading should read "DEPP Special Issue: The Normalisation Thesis – 20 years later". The editors will inform authors by 16th January 2015 whether to proceed to full submission. If selected, complete manuscripts will be due on 1st May 2015. All manuscripts will be subject to the normal DEPP peer review process. The special issue will be published in mid 2016.

Measham, F., Newcombe, R. & Parker, H. (1994) The normalisation of recreational drug use amongst young people in north-west England. British Journal of Sociology, 45(2): 287-312.

Parker, H., Aldridge, J. & Measham, F. (1998) Illegal Leisure: The normalisation of adolescent drug use, London: Routledge.

Academic, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Advertising: Effective Health Messages in Advertising
08/31/2014
Journal of Advertising

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Advertising: Effective Health Messages in Advertising

Manuscripts are currently being solicited for an upcoming special issue of the Journal of Advertising dedicated to developing effective advertising messages for healthy behavior. Public health is a current critical topic, and engaging consumers to maintain a healthy lifestyle continues to be a challenge. Obesity rates continue to rise. More than 35% of adults and almost 17% of children and teens in the United States are obese, resulting in billions of dollars in health care costs and increased rates of chronic diseases, such as type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. And despite many healthy menu options provided at fast-food and other restaurants and media attention to the epidemic of childhood obesity, consumers continue to make unhealthy food choices. Consumers also continue to smoke and maintain sedentary lifestyles—actions that contribute to increased health risks and health costs.

The purpose of this special issue is to address this topic by publishing and disseminating research on effective health messages and media strategies. Specifically, we seek manuscripts that provide consumers with information on making positive decisions related to their health. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary articles that offer strong theoretical foundations to help guide professionals in best developing appropriate and effective health messages. Papers may include conceptual frameworks, experiments, surveys, and qualitative approaches.

Potential research topics that may be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

• The role of advertising in providing health information and promoting behavior change

• Emotional advertising appeals in health messages

• The use of digital media in creating effective health messages

• The role of advertising in increasing health literacy

• The successful integration of new media with traditional media in reaching consumers with health messages

• Advertising’s relationship with public health

• The use of advertising in promoting positive ecological changes in the physical environment (e.g., walking trails, farmers markets, healthy vending)

• Message strategies that lead to increased physical activity in children (e.g., walking and biking to school)

• Mobile advertising messaging for healthy lifestyles

• Consumer attitudes toward health related messages

• Cross-cultural approaches in health messages

• The effects of health messages on children’s attitudes and behaviors

• The use of alternative approaches (e.g., product placement) in influencing healthy attitudes and behaviors

• Message strategies that reach higher-risk and sociodisadvantaged populations

Submission Requirements and Information

Submissions should follow the manuscript format guidelines for the Journal of Advertising found online at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ujoa20/current.

Deadline

The submission deadline is August 31, 2014. All manuscripts should be submitted through the Journal of Advertising online submission system, ScholarOne, at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ujoa, from August 1 to 31, 2014.

Authors should select “SPECIAL ISSUE: Effective Health Messages in Advertising” at “Manuscript Type.” Please also note in the cover letter that the submission is for the special issue on Effective Health Messages.

Special Issue Editors

For additional information, please contact the guest editors for the special issue, listed here, at jasihealth@gmail.com.

• Marla Royne Stafford, University of Memphis

• Marian Levy, University of Memphis

Academic, Health Educator, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Understudied Populations
01/31/2015
Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health: Understudied Populations

Deadline for submission is January 31, 2015.

Sexual and reproductive health services are most effective when tailored to the specific circumstances of particular populations. To that end, much research and programmatic effort has gone toward understanding the behaviors and service needs of teenagers, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, and socioeconomically disadvantaged men and women. Other groups, however, have received less attention: individuals with disabilities, incarcerated persons, homeless men and women, military personnel and transgender people, to name but a few. The December 2015 issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health will include a special section devoted to exploring the sexual and reproductive health needs of understudied populations—those mentioned above and others whose distinctive situations have been largely overlooked in the literature and in the policy and service arenas. We will consider original research and review articles (with a maximum length of 6,000 words), as well as commentaries (up to 3,500 words).

Academic, Community Activist, Health Services Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers: Work, Aging and Retirement
08/31/2014
Work, Aging and Retirement

Call for Papers: Work, Aging and Retirement

New for 2015: Work, Aging and Retirement

Editor: by Mo Wang

Work, Aging and Retirement, a new journal from Oxford University Press, provides a peer-reviewed forum for evidence-based, translational research on worker aging and retirement, with the goal of enhancing understanding of these phenomena.

Work, Aging and Retirement reflects a broad community of professionals in the fields of psychology, sociology, economics, gerontology, business and management, and industrial/labor relations. We aim to publish high-quality research with implications for public policy makers, organizational decision makers, human resource professionals, and older worker advocates.

We welcome empirical and theoretical investigations that enhance understanding of phenomena related to worker aging and retirement.

Academic, Gerontologist, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems: Assistive Technology and Impacts on Innovation
09/30/2014
International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Transitions and Innovation Systems: Assistive Technology and Impacts on Innovation

Guest Editors:

Dr. Fabiana Bonilha, Dr. Sílvio Spinella and Mrs. Vanessa Ferreira, Center for Information Technology Renato Archer (CTI), Brazil

This special issue will focus on the impacts of assistive technology on innovation systems for improved function and access of individuals with disabilities and/or mobility impairments. We would like to emphasise technologies that assist in overcoming attitudinal and environmental barriers that hinder the full and effective access, participation, inclusion and achievement of persons with disabilities.

Assistive technology plays a key role in organisation ecosystems in terms of transition and innovation challenges and impacts. Communities of experts in this ecosystem (e.g. occupational therapists, physical therapists, educators, engineers, assistive technology professionals, independent living specialists and others) have an important role in this spiral of innovation.

Technologies may include aids for daily living, augmentative/alternative communication, aids for computer access, environment control units, architectural elements, mobility aids, vehicle adaptations, orthotics and prosthetics, seating and positioning, recreation and leisure, sports, aids for blind people or people with low vision, and aids for people with hearing deficit or deafness.

In this context, particular topics will be very significant in the future:

• The integration of theoretical models and techniques of assistive technology in contexts of dynamics of smart environments

• The integration into models of emerging societal concerns related to assistive technology and smart working environments

• Evaluation of assistive technology and societal problems

• The adaptation of standards to assistive technology

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Accessible toys, play and playgrounds

• Assistive technology in rehabilitation

• Community access technologies

• Computer access technologies

• Education access

• Employment access

• Environment access

• Functional seating and positioning

• Home access technologies

• Independent living

• Recreation, leisure and sports

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online.

The Guest Editors are happy to discuss initial ideas for papers and can be contacted directly:

Dr. Fabiana Bonilha: fabiana.bonilha@cti.gov.br

Dr. Sílvio Spinella: silvio.spinella@cti.gov.br

Mrs. Vanessa Maria de Vargas Ferreira: vanessa.ferreira@cti.gov.br

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 30 September, 2014

Feedback to authors: 14 November, 2014

Submission for the second review: 30 December, 2014

Notification of final acceptance: 15 January, 2015

Final submission: 20 January, 2015

Allied Health Professional, Audiologist , Biomedical Engineer, Occupational Therapist, Orthotist, Policy Analyst, Prosthetist, Social Scientist, Speech Pathologist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Resource Management: People With Disabilities in the Workplace
09/01/2014
International Journal of Human Resource Management

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Resource Management: People With Disabilities in the Workplace

Editors: Lisa Schur, Rutgers University; Adrienne Colella, Tulane University; Meera Adya, Syracuse University

The International Journal of Human Resource Management invites submissions for a special issue on employment of people with disabilities. Papers can address employment barriers and facilitators for people with disabilities, including but not limited to public policies, corporate policies and practices, HRM policies, accommodation issues, and treatment by managers, supervisors and coworkers. Papers can also examine the causes and consequences of workplace experiences and outcomes for employees with disabilities, such as pay, training, promotions, participation in decisions, work–family balance, job satisfaction, organization commitment, organizational citizenship behaviors, and voluntary and involuntary turnover. Both case studies and multi-employer studies, and within country and cross-country studies, are welcome.

The deadline for submission of papers is September 1, 2014. Inquiries may be directed to the special issue editors: Lisa Schur (schur@work.rutgers.edu), Adrienne Colella, (acolella@tulane.edu), and Meera Adya (madya@law.syr.edu)

Academic, Policy Analyst, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization: Experimental and Behavioral Economics of Healthcare
09/30/2014
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization: Experimental and Behavioral Economics of Healthcare

Guest Editors:

James C. Cox
Georgia State University

Ellen P. Green
Arizona State University
(College of Health Solutions)

Heike Hennig-Schmidt
University of Bonn

The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization (JEBO) will publish a special issue on experimental studies in health economics. Experimental economics provides a paradigm for research on the healthcare market and problems with information and incentives in the provision of healthcare. The interaction between experimental and health economics enriches our understanding of decision-making in the healthcare market and encourages novel methods of healthcare research.

The aim of this special issue is to gain insight into the incentive and information problems in the healthcare market that have led to inefficiencies. We welcome submissions that apply experimental methods, mechanism design and decision support information technology in the laboratory or the field.  We encourage supply-side topics and applications to insurance, physician behavior, or behavior of other providers.

Submissions will be accepted until September 30, 2014.  When submitting, please select “Health Experiments” as the article type.  Submission fees are waived for this special issue.

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Health Economist, Health Services Researcher, Psychologist, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Sex Education: The Media’s Evolving Role in Sex Education
10/24/2014
Sex Education

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Sex Education: The Media’s Evolving Role in Sex Education

Guest Editors: Alan McKee, Sara Bragg, and Tristan Taormino

The entertainment media have long been identified as having a key role to play in education about sex and relationships.

All too often, however, in studies of sexual learning the media have been assessed for their potentially negative effects on young people. For example, studies have correlated consumption of particular media forms with early sexual intercourse or teenage pregnancy, while parents and schools have been seen as providing a positive corrective.

Empirical research shows that this simple binary is not always accurate: in some instances entertainment media may offer positive information and representations while school or parents often offer more moralizing or conservative perspectives.  For example, a young person growing up in a homophobic family may see happy queer characters in a sitcom; or young people attending a school that emphasizes young women’s role as gatekeepers and controllers of men’s sexuality may find helpful TV dramas that explore women’s active sexual agency.

This Special Issue of the journal Sex Education will engage with these and related concerns, pausing to take stock of where we are now, especially with respect to the positive role that old and newer forms of media can play in learning about sex.

Papers may focus on any aspect of the entertainment media, and on any aspect of healthy sexual development – including, but not limited to, open communication about sex, assertiveness, sexual agency, sexual identity, or an acceptance that sex can be pleasurable.

Submission Procedures

Submission Deadline: 24th October, 2014

Articles for the Special Issue will be subject to normal peer review in line with the procedures of the journal. For more information on how to submit your paper, please visit the instructions for authors tab on the journal website.

When you submit your paper will be asked whether you are submitting for a Special Issue. Please use the pull-down menu to note that you are submitting your paper for the Special Issue The Media’s Evolving Role in Sex Education. Please also note in the manuscript of your article that you are submitting it for this Special Issue.

If you are not sure whether your article is appropriate for this Special Issue, please feel free to send an abstract in the first instance to Alan McKee.

Academic, Health Educator, Health Services Researcher, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Behavioral Medicine in the Asia Pacific
12/15/2014
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine: Behavioral Medicine in the Asia Pacific

Deadline: The submission deadline is 15 December 2014.

Original, empirical studies and literature reviews are encouraged. Questions regarding the special issue should be directed to Akihito Shimazu, ashimazu@m.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Psychologist, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist
Call for Papers: Towards a Psychology Integrating Low-Power Social Groups Such as Migrants, Elders, Women, Children, People With a Diagnosis of Disability or Mental Disorder
08/30/2014
Rivista di Psicologia Clinica (Journal of Clinical Psychology)

Call for Papers: Towards a Psychology Integrating Low-Power Social Groups Such as Migrants, Elders, Women, Children, People With a Diagnosis of Disability or Mental Disorder

Rivista di Psicologia Clinica (Journal of Clinical Psychology) is concerned with the issues of social coexistence by proposing a clinical psychological perspective which is attentive to the relationship between the individual and the context. In the upcoming journal issue we would like to deal with social integration and principles organizing coexistence as well, from the opposition between expulsion and/or assimilation of diversities to something known on the one hand, and their recognition as strangeness to categorize and integrate on the other hand.

This special issue is proposed in consideration of the spread of a defensively anomic and individualistic culture that, at least in the West, tends to deny the diversity, in turn increasing. Take the case of disability. Medicine enables many people with disabilities to become adults, as well as many adults to prolong their life, thus becoming disabled. Meanwhile, recent international recommendations declare attention to disability based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Disability goes beyond the medicalization of a disease to become a state that everyone can know firsthand, because the focus shifts from the individual disability to the barriers to participation in society, also considering symbolic dimensions such as prejudice and cultures of exclusion. In such definition of disability new issues emerge which deal with the respect for differences and the right to equal opportunities for those who have weak power such as migrants, elders, women, children, people with a diagnosis of disability or mental disorder. In other words, for all the groups at risk of exclusion.

We would like to invite scholars from different countries and disciplines (psychology, anthropology, history, sociology, psychoanalysis, psychiatry) to confront the issue, in order to explore its several boundaries and different approaches by theoretical contributions, researches or intervention experiences. Contributions will be published in Rivista di Psicologia Clinica n. 2-2014, which will be released online in December 2014. Papers must be written in English or in Italian with English abstract. Citations and references should follow the APA style (6th edition). Please submit your article by 30 August 2014 through the online submission on the website. You are requested to register as author not only reader. A member of the editorial staff will contact you and will remain at your disposal for any further information.

Academic, Child Psychiatrist, Child Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist, Gerontologist, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Social Scientist, Social Worker

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