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About The Journal of Child Life:
The Journal of Child Life: Psychosocial Theory and Practice is the official research journal published bi-annually by the Association of Child Life Professionals. The Journal of Child Life is open-access and focuses on the latest psychosocial research about children’s responses to stressful experiences and child life professionals’ work. The Association of Child Life Professionals launched The Journal of Child Life: Psychosocial Theory and Practice in March 2020.

The goal of the publication is to become a valuable, peer-reviewed professional resource focusing on issues of interest to clinicians, administrators, educators, and students in the child life field and others invested in the psychosocial care of children and families.

Articles in The Journal of Child Life offer:

  • 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.
Read more about The Journal of Child Life here.
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The Journal of Child Life is an open access, peer-reviewed, scientific journal. All the issues and articles of The Journal of Child Life are open and accessible to the public. Issues are published bi-annually with some articles appearing online first.

The following issues have been published and are accessible by clicking the links below:

Vol. 1 No. 1
Vol. 1 No. 2
Vol. 2 No. 1
Vol. 2 No. 2




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ACLP members can earn 1.0 PDU for each Journal of Child Life article that is read. Read the latest research on topics of interest to child life professionals and those who serve the psychosocial needs of children and families. After reading, take a short quiz to earn access to the certificate for each article.

Non-members can purchase articles for PDUs for $15 per article.

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Submission Guidelines

Purpose: The Journal of Child Life aims to increase the knowledge and utilization of evidence-based practice by child life professionals, reinforcing the validity of child life theory and practice. The Journal of Child Life encourages submissions that promote the development of the child life profession through original research, conceptual and practical perspectives, effective assessment and intervention methodologies, theoretical articles, descriptions of innovative service delivery models, and substantive reviews of issues relevant to child life practice. Each contribution to The Journal of Child Life helps to increase the knowledge and use of evidence-based practice by child life professionals, reinforcing the validity of child life theory and practice.

Article submissions for The Journal of Child Life are accepted on a rolling basis. The Journal of Child Life accepts 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
Before you begin working on your article, please review the submission guidelines.

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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.