The Journal of Child Life




Association of Child Life Professionals launched The Journal of Child Life: Psychosocial Theory and Practice in March 2020 during Child Life Month.

ACLP members receive The Journal of Child Life: Psychosocial Theory and Practice as a member benefit.
 
ACLP has made the premiere issue of The Journal of Child Life available to the public.

Non-members who are interested in receiving the journal may purchase individual issues or a subscription. For additional information, please contact the membership team at membership@childlife.org.

 Each issue offers:

  • The latest research about children’s responses to stressful experiences and child life professionals’ work to support children’s ability to cope and grow through these challenges.
  • Articles on topics of interest to child life professionals and those who serve the psychosocial needs of children and families in health care and beyond.
  • Reviews of books relevant to professionals supporting children and families, social science researchers, and leaders in psychosocial care.
  • Timely pieces that address the unique challenges of professionals working in the quickly evolving health care industry.

Meet the Editorial Leadership Team

The unwavering volunteer commitment of several ACLP members was instrumental in making The Journal of Child Life a reality. Learn more about this dedicated editorial team.


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Kim Stephens, MPA, CCLS
ACLP President  



"This is an important step
in moving the
profession forward,
and we need your help
to make it a success."

The editors of The Journal of Child Life: Psychosocial Theory and Practice are seeking the following types of articles:

  • Quantitative research
  • Qualitative research
  • Substantive, systemic literature reviews
  • Program development, with pre- and post-implementation data
  • Analysis of theory as applied to child life


Subscription Information

ACLP has made the premiere issue of The Journal of Child Life available to the public. Non-members who are interested in receiving future issues of the journal may purchase a subscription or individual issues. Organizations may purchase institutional subscriptions. Click here to subscribe. For additional information contact the membership team at membership@childlife.org.

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Article Submissions

Deadlines

Article submissions for The Journal of Child Life are accepted on a rolling basis.  

Please email submissions to journal@childlife.org.

Guidelines

The Journal of Child Life editors, ACLP staff and the Journal Review Board are committed to making your experience writing for the Journal of Child Life as positive as possible, and strongly encourage you to consider submitting your work.


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