Note from the Editor


From the Editor:

     Due to the number of excellent submissions that we have received over the past year, it was decided that we would publish three issues of the “Canadian Journal of Family and Youth” during the spring and summer of 2021. The first issue (Vol 13, No 1) and the second issue (Vol 13, No 2) include journal articles written by academics from a variety of different post-secondary institutions. A number were received from Nigeria, while others came from Uganda, the South Philippines, Poland, and England. Still other papers were submitted from academics who were located closer to home – McMaster University, the University of Alberta, and the University of Regina. Topics in these two issues cover youth and climate protesting, youth political participation, cohabitation and marriage, health related practices, students with disabilities, and mathematical problem-solving techniques used by students in a university setting.

     Our third issue (Vol 13, No 3) is a special issue that highlights student perspectives on Canadian life. The topics that students chose to write about provides an opportunity to see what family issues are of importance to those who are in their early years of their academic careers. In addition, the research that they have undertaken and their ability to pinpoint areas of concern, adds to the discussion of familial and intimate relationships, particularly with regard to how diverse such practices are viewed by society today.  The topics that are included in this issue relate to gender roles, the relational stability of adult children of divorce, relationship toxicity, dating interactions, and cultural differences.

      Over the past year, we have also received a large number of book reviews (which can be found within all three issues).  These book reviews cover a vast array of family situations with the reviewers identifying what they considered to be the most important aspects of the book.  They have also set out the author’s purpose in writing the book, they have included theoretical insights, and they have expressed their opinions on the book’s strengths and weaknesses. 

     I am sure that our readers will find all of the above noted articles and book reviews very interesting to read as they delve into a number of different issues and offer diverse perspectives on how to resolve, or at least, make suggestions for change or work towards social and familial improvement and youth support. Whether the topics relate to school discipline, romance and attraction, marital problems and divorce, drug abuse, single parenthood, domestic violence, grandparenting, children’s experiences in orphanages, or Indigenous family/educational life and cultural and ethnic differences, all of the material within these three issues provide unique insights into the family and youth issues that are relevant across the globe today.

     I would like to thank all of the individuals who submitted their work to the “Canadian Journal of Family and Youth.” We are now in our thirteenth year of publication and it is personally very satisfying (if not thrilling!) to see how many people, both nationally and internationally, have helped to make this academic journal a success.

     I encourage everyone to think about submitting their work to the journal. To those who have been published, please think about submitting again. And also, feel free to invite your colleagues or students to submit their work as well. Not only are we interested in receiving full length journal articles, commentaries and book reviews, but we also enjoy receiving and reviewing short stories, reports and studies, poetry or any other family and youth-related research materials.


Best wishes for 2021,

Dr. Sandra Rollings-Magnusson
Editor, CJFY