Special Issue Call for Papers: Social and Gender Norms and Violence Against Children - Exploring Their Role and Strategies for Prevention

Closing date: 26 July 2019
Global Public Health

Global Public Health invites the submission of full-length articles for a special journal issue on Social and Gender Norms and Violence against Children: Exploring their role and strategies for prevention.

Multiple forms of violence against children (VAC) affects large numbers of children globally. While its causes are varied and intersecting, social and gender norms often act as a key factor sustaining VAC. For instance, norms can increase its acceptability, reduce its reporting, or increase the expectation of its use as a form of discipline (Taylor, 2011). The literature on how norms affect VAC is growing; so far, social and gender norms have been found to contribute to several forms of VAC, including child, early and forced marriage, forced genital mutilation/cutting, and corporal punishment. Social and gender norms can also act as protective factors preventing the use of VAC and promoting child well-being. This Special Issue of Global Public Health will provide an opportunity to explore both the conceptual and empirical dimensions of these issues.

The goal of this special issue is to increase the body of literature on 1) how norms contribute to the perpetration or the prevention of VAC and 2) effective strategies to shift harmful norms to prevent VAC. We are seeking empirical research, program evaluation and conceptual articles covering a wide range of topics related to social norms and VAC. VAC includes, for instance, the following:

  • Maltreatment (physical, sexual, psychological, neglect)
  • Violent discipline/Harsh punishment
  • Child, early and/or forced marriage
  • Female genital mutilation/cutting
  • Bullying, including cyber-bullying
  • Online harassment
  • Sexual harassment
  • Sexual violence
  • Emotional or psychological violence
  • Youth violence
  • Intimate partner violence

Submissions may present new research, program learnings, program adaptation and should highlight practical lessons learned. While we are interested in studies across children’s and adolescents’ life cycle, abstracts should specify the study age range at submission. Abstract with no age range specified will not be accepted.

Abstract submission by 26th July 2019: Please submit abstracts for consideration to gphnormsvac@gmail.com by 26th July 2019, with e-mail subject line “First Author Last name, Norms and VAC Special Issue Abstract”. Include working title, abstract, author names, their primary affiliations, and a contact e-mail address.

Authors selected for submission of full manuscripts will be notified by 23rd August 2019. Selected authors should submit full manuscripts by 2nd December 2019, following the submission instructions available on the journal’s website (http://www.tandfonline.com/rgph).

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