Journal of Applied Research on Children
Launched in the Fall of 2010, the Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk (JARC) is an open access and peer-reviewed online journal published in the Fall and Spring. JARC serves to inform policy affecting children by providing applicable research to the public, child advocates, and policy-makers on timely children’s issues. This journal seeks to encourage academics to focus on the needs of children and make practical children-focused research available and accessible to the public for use and dissemination. The Journal is lead by co-Editors-in-Chief Angelo Giardino, M.D., Ph.D., and Robert Sanborn, Ed.D., Associate Editors Christopher Greeley, M.D., F.A.A.P. and Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H., and an editorial board comprised of senior-level academics from higher education institutions across Texas. The Journal of Applied Research on Children is published by The Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas Medical Center Library.
The Journal of Applied Research on Children is proud to announce the December 2015 publication of Volume 6, Issue 2: “Nutrition and Food Insecurity”. In this issue of JARC, authors explore the prevalence of undernourishment and food insecurity and the resultant physical, social, emotional and cognitive effects. We explore interventions and strategies to address nutrition and food insecurity and delve into policy solutions to alleviate these circumstances. Read the full Nutrition and Food Insecurity issue online here.
Volume 6, Issue 1: Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Etiology, Intervention, and Overlap with Child Maltreatment
The tenth issue of the Journal, Volume 6, Issue 1, was published in April 2015. In this issue of JARC, called “Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence: Etiology, Intervention, and Overlap with Child Maltreatment,” we discuss research about how domestic violence and other forms of child maltreatment contribute to human trafficking of minors. Long-time, award-winning activist Rachel Lloyd, founder and CEO of Girls Education and Mentoring Services (GEMS) provided a special commentary on the issue, speaking from personal experience of working with trafficking victims. Read the full Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence issue online here.
The ninth issue of the Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, was published in February 2015. This issue features research on the transformational power of laws and the legal system for children, covering a variety of topics like juvenile justice and children’s mental health. Daniel Losen, Director at Center for Civil Rights Remedies, The Civil Rights Project at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), served as guest editor. One of the highlights this issue includes is the chapter excerpts from Losen’s forthcoming book, “Closing the School Discipline Gap: Equitable Remedies for Excessive Exclusion.” Read the full Legal Safety Nets issue online here.
The eighth issue of the Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, was released in May 2014 and features research on family well-being and social environments. The issue includes articles that cover a broad range of ideas on child and family well-being from a number of different perspectives. Dr. Susan Landry, Founder and Director of Children’s Learning Institute at the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center, served as guest editor. Read the full Family Well-Being and Social Environments issue online here.
The seventh issue of the Journal, Volume 4, Issue 2, was released in December 2013 and features research on accountable communities. The phrase “accountable communities” focuses on how to effectively create healthy, successful communities for our children. Dr. Catherine Flaitz of University of Texas Health Science Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and Dr. Ira Colby, Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at University of Houston, served as guest editors. Read the full Accountable Communities: Healthier Neighborhoods, Healthier Children issue online here.
The sixth issue of the Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, was released in April 2013 and features research on the new morbidities. The phrase “new morbidities” was first coined in the 1970s to describe the shift in factors that affect the health and well-being of families. While the medical community has made great strides in eradicating infectious diseases, communities increasingly face complex social issues that negatively impact the well-being of children. Dr. Robert Block, past president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, served as the guest editor. The issue features a variety of research on the new morbidities. Read the full New Morbidities 2.0 issue online here.
The fifth issue of the Journal, Volume 3, Issue 2, was released in October 2012 and features research on the measurement of success in public education. Dr. Robert Balfanz, principal research scientist at the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University, served as the guest editor. The issue features a variety of research and perspectives from practitioners in the field of education. Read the full Measuring Success in Public Education issue online here.
The fourth issue of the Journal, Volume 3, Issue 1, was released in February 2012 and features research on food insecurity. Jim Weill, CEO of the Food Research and Action Committee (FRAC), served as the guest editor. The issue features a variety of research on the causes of food insecurity, its effects on a child’s life, and the experiences of organizations that are working to fight the problem. Read the full Food Insecurity issue online here.
The third issue of the Journal, Volume 2, Issue 2, was released in October 2011 and focused on the topic of teen pregnancy. This issue, guest edited by William Smith, Executive Director of the National Coalition of STD Directors, features articles on adolescent sexual behavior, sex education, and the effects of public policies on teen birth rates. Read the full Teen Pregnancy issue online here.
Volume 2, Issue 1 of the Journal of Applied Research on Children, released March 2011, focuses important academic attention on the subject of human trafficking. This issue, guest edited by Congressman Ted Poe and Senator Leticia Van de Putte, features articles on multiple dimensions of human trafficking: human trafficking survivors and their children, runaway and throwaway youth, sex trafficking of American minors, trafficking on the Southern border, and the role and training needs of the health care provider. Read the full Human Trafficking issue online here.
The first issue of the Journal, focused on Latino children, was released in September 2010. This issue, guest edited by Dr. William Flores, President of University of Houston-Downtown, brings together new research on key issues impacting Latino youth in the United States, including poverty, physical activity, and teen pregnancy. Read the full issue here.