Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

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The Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences is the official publication of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS).

Each issue of the Journal contains the following professional and exclusive features:

  • scholarly peer-reviewed articles,
  • practical information geared toward family and consumer sciences professionals, and
  • news and information about AAFCS.

In response to member feedback, the Journal seeks to publish more columns and articles on trends and developments in the field, best practices, resources, and opinions. The Journal features knowledge gained from the research and academic arenas and focuses on how this knowledge can be applied by practitioners in the field.

The Journal is published four times a year: February, May, August, and November. It is indexed by the Family Index Database, Family and Society Studies World Wide, and the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC).

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If you are a JFCS author, you may reuse your own article (or an amended version of it) in a new publication of which you are the author, editor, or co-editor. Prior permission is not required but we do require proper acknowledgments of the source. Individual academic authors who wish to reuse up to 2 figures or up to 400 words from this journal to republish in a new journal article they are writing are permitted to do so at no cost and without seeking permission.

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Journal of Family & Consumer Sciences cover, "FCS in the Decade Ahead". White cover with image of hourglass with blue sky and white clouds in the top and grass and white and yellow daisies in the bottom.


Scott S. Hall, PhD, CFLE
Professor of Family Studies
Department Chair; Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences
Ball State University
Muncie, IN

Associate Editors

Carol L. Anderson, PhD, CFCS
College of Human Ecology
Cornell University

Sonja D. Koukel, PhD
Cooperative Extension Service
College of Agriculture, Consumer and
Environmental Sciences
New Mexico State University

Carole J. Makela, PhD, CFCS
School of Education
College of Health & Human Sciences
Colorado State University

Kerry Renwick, PhD
Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia

Managing Editor

Debra D. Bass