Pathfinder: Children, Youth, and Families

The following list has information about children, youth and families, emphasizing marital therapy, family counseling, parent education, and child welfare services.

Please consult the Steps to Research and Writing a Paper for more details on researching a topic and writing a paper.

1. Start by locating resources that provide an overview of your topic.

This will help you find keywords and provide background information in your subject area. Encyclopedias, handbooks and subject specific dictionaries offer good places to start.

Some titles specifically related to children, youth and families are:

Bornstein, M. H. (Ed.). (2002). Handbook of parenting (2nd ed., Vols. 1-5). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.

Broude, G. J. (1995). Growing up: A cross-cultural encyclopedia. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Damon, W. (Ed.). (1998). Handbook of child psychology (5th ed., Vols. 1-4). New York : John Wiley & Sons.

Dickerson, J. L., & Allen, M. (2007).Adoptive and foster parent screening: A professional guide for evaluations. New York: Routledge.

Gunsberg, L., & Hymowitz, P. (Eds.). (2005). Handbook of divorce and custody: Forensic, developmental, and clinical perspectives. Hillsdale, NJ: Analytic Press.

Harway, M. (Ed.). (2005). Handbook of couples therapy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley.

Hayslip, B., & Patrick, J. H. (Eds.). (2006). Custodial grandparenting: Individual, cultural, and ethnic diversity. New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Hindman, H. D. (Ed.). (2009). The world of child labor: An historical and regional survey. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.

Kinnear, K. L. (2007). Childhood sexual abuse: A reference handbook (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Levinson, D. (Ed.). (1995). Encyclopedia of marriage and the family (Vols. 1-2). New York : Macmillan Library Reference U.S.A.

Newman, B. M., & Newman, P. R. (2009). Development through life: A psychosocial approach (10th ed.). Australia; Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.

Noshpitz, J. D. (Editor-in-chief). (1997-1998). Handbook of child and adolescent psychiatry (Vols. 1-7). New York: Wiley.

O’Reilly, A. (Ed.). (2010).Encyclopedia of motherhood (Vols. 1-3). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

The Psychoanalytic study of the child (Vols. 1-64). (1945-2009). New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.

Rosenwald, M. A., & Riley, B. N. (2010).Advocating for children in foster and kinship care: A guide to getting the best out of the system for caregivers and practitioners. New York: Columbia University Press.

Steele, R. G., & Roberts, M. C. (Eds.). (2005). Handbook of mental health services for children, adolescents, and families. New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers. [Also available ONLINE]

Stolley, K. S., & Bullough, V. L. (Eds.). (2006). The Praeger handbook of adoption (Vols. 1-2). Westport, CT: Praeger Publishers. [MSASS Note: The authors and several of the contributors are MSASS faculty members,
Ph.D. students, and alumni of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.]

Sussman, M. B., Steinmetz, S. K., & Peterson, G. W. (Eds.). (1999). Handbook of marriage and the family (2nd ed.). New York : Plenum Press.

World Association for Infant Mental Health. (2000). Handbook of infant mental health (Vols. 1-4). (J. D. Osofsky & H. E. Fitzgerald, Eds.). New York: Wiley.

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2. Search the online catalog for additional books that will give you the history, context, definitions and theories.

Below are suggested keywords to use when searching for information. You can use them when searching the catalog or the research databases. Try combining them with another concept having to do with your subject:

  • Adolescent (adolescen*)
  • Adoption
  • Attachment
  • Batterer (batterer*)
  • Child abuse
  • Child development
  • Childhood
  • Child welfare
  • Couple
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family systems
  • Family therapy
  • Foster care
  • Human development
  • Infant (infan*)
  • Kinship care
  • Marriage (or marital)
  • Parent (parent*)
  • Psychosocial
  • Relationship
  • Teenager (teenage*)
  • Toddler (toddler*)

NOTE: Using a truncating symbol (in this example, the asterisk “*”) at the end of the root word allows you to search for variations of that word.

Also, using these subject headings in the library catalog may improve your search results:

 

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3. Find some general articles on your topic.

After you have located books on your topic, start looking for general journal articles on your subject. Several general databases include:

  • Academic Search Complete
    Subjects: most academic topics
    Formats: journals, magazines, newspapers, books, book reviews
    Publication dates: 1887-present
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Subjects: news, law, business
    Formats: newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, company profiles, court cases
    Publication dates: most are 1990s – present; court cases are 1789 – present
  • Article First (OCLC)
    Subjects: business, science, humanities, social sciences, medicine, technology, popular culture
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1990 – present
  • Summon
    Subjects: interdisciplinary
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings, newspapers, images, databases and more available at CWRU
    Publication dates: Ongoing
  • TOPICsearch
    Subjects: current events, social, political and economic issues, scientific discoveries
    Formats: journal articles, magazine articles, biographies, book reviews, government information, public opinion polls, international newspapers
    Publication dates: 1990 – present

These databases are interdisciplinary and most provide a mix of popular magazine articles and scholarly research articles.

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4. Search subject specific databases for more scholarly journal articles.

After finding general journal articles on your topic, begin focusing on scholarly research articles. Citations, abstracts and, sometimes, the full-text of journal articles are found in a variety of research databases:

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
    Subjects: child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption
    Formats: print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools
    Publication dates: 1927-present
  • Education Research Complete
    Subjects: education
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings
    Publication dates: 1865 – present
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
    Subjects: education
    Formats: journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers
    Publication dates: 1966-present
  • Ethnic Newswatch
    Subjects: ethnic, minority, and native press
    Formats: newspaper articles, magazine articles, journal articles
    Publication dates: 1990 – present
  • Gender Studies Database
    Subjects: gender inequality, masculinity, postfeminism, gender identity
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings
    Publication dates: 1972 – present
  • GenderWatch
    Subjects: gender and women’s studies, and gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) research
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings, newspaper articles, trade journals
    Publication dates: 1970 – present
  • PsycINFO
    Subjects: psychology and related disciplines
    Formats: journal articles, books, dissertations
    Publication dates: 17th century – present
  • Social Sciences Citation Index
    Subjects: anthropology, sociology, urban studies, business and communication, criminology, penology, law, nursing, rehabilitation, and information and library sciences
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings; allows cited reference searching
    Publication dates: journal articles – 1900 to present; conference proceedings – 1990 to present; Books – 2005 to present
  • Social Work Abstracts
    Subjects: addictions, aging, child and family welfare, community organization, homelessness, human services, mental health, therapy
    Formats: journal articles
    Publication dates: 1965-present
  • SocINDEX
    Subjects: sociology, criminal justice, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, marriage and family, religion, social development, social psychology, social structure, social work, socio-cultural anthropology, substance abuse, violence
    Formats: journal articles, books, conference proceedings
    Publication dates: 1895-present
  • Women’s Studies International
    Subjects: feminist research in sociology, history, political science and economy, public policy, international relations, arts and humanities, business and education
    Formats: journals, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, reports, theses, dissertations and grey literature
    Publication dates: 1972-present

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5. Browse current issues of journals that contain literature on your topic.

Journals that are most likely to contain information on the topic of children youth and families include:

Adolescence online at:EBSCOhost research databases. E-Journal Portal. ( Public catalog)

Adoption Quarterly online at: Taylor & Francis Online. (Public catalog)

American Journal of Family Therapy online at: Taylor & Francis Online., EBSCOhost Research Databases.
E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Child Abuse & Neglect online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Child Development online at: OhioLINK, JSTOR. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Child Development Perspectives online at: Wiley Online Library. (Public catalog)

Child Welfare online at:EBSCOhost Research Databases. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Children & Schools online at:EBSCOhost Research Databases. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Children and Youth Services Review online at:OhioLINK. EBSCOhost Research Databases. (Public catalog )

Children’s Legal Rights Journal (Public catalog ) [Harris Library hardcopy discontinued]

Children’s Services: Social Policy, Research and Practice online at: OhioLINK, (Public catalog ) [Ceased]

Children’s Voice (Public catalog)

Contemporary Family Therapy online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Families in Society online at: Alliance for Children & Families, E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Family Planning Perspectives online at: Guttmacher Archive, JSTOR.
E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog ) [Title changed to: Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health.]

Family Preservation Journal (Public catalog ) [On CD-Rom beginning with v.9- 2006-. Ask at Circulation Desk]

Family Process online at: OhioLINK, E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Family Relations online at: OhioLINK. JSTOR.
E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Family Therapy online at: EBSCOhost Research Databases. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Family Therapy Networker (Public catalog) [Title changed to: Psychotherapy Networker.]

Future of Children online at: Packard Foundation, OhioLINK, JSTOR, E-Journal Portal

Public catalog ) [Hardcopy discontinued by Publisher. Available ONLINE only]

International Journal of Child & Family Welfare (Public catalog)

Journal of Adolescence online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog) [Ceased]

Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse online at: Taylor & Francis Online. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Child and Family Studies online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Divorce & Remarriage online at: Taylor & Francis Online. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Early Adolescence online at: OhioLINK. Sage.
E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Family Issues online at: OhioLINK, Sage, E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Family Social Work online at: Taylor & Francis Online. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Family Violence online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Marriage and Family online at: OhioLINK. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Journal of Marriage and the Family online at: JSTOR. E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog) [Title changed to: Journal of Marriage and Family.]

Journal of Public Child Welfare online at: Taylor & Francis Online. (Public catalog)

Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health online at: Guttmacher Archive, JSTOR, E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Psychotherapy Networker online at: E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog)

Youth & Society online at: OhioLINK, Sage, E-Journal Portal. (Public catalog )

Additional journals that cover general topics in Sociology and social studies are available in the Electronic Journal Center and the E-Journal Portal.

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6. Search online for additional information.

Information located through the Internet can provide supplemental material to scholarly research articles. Material retrieved from websites should always be evaluated for currency, authorship, bias and accuracy.

Following are selected websites on children, youth and families:

7. Evaluate the information you have collected from books and articles.

Consult the bibliographies of the books and articles you have selected. This will lead you to additional references and authors to investigate. Make notes of the gaps in your literature so that you can use this information when you do additional searches.Click here for more information on evaluating the information you have collected.