Call for Manuscripts: Special Issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation

Dr. Wendy Parent-Johnson of the University of South Dakota, the editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation, the official journal of the National Rehabilitation Association, is disseminating a Call for Submissions for a Special Issue of the journal entitled, “Family Caregiving and Adjustment: A Multicultural Perspective.”  Dr. Charles Edmund Degeneffe of San Diego State University, Dr. Eun-Jeong Lee of the Illinois Institute of Technology, and Dr. Gloria K. Lee of Michigan State University will serve as Guest Editors.  The special issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation will be published in Spring 2018. 

It is well established that families are primary service providers for persons with a wide variety of disabilities such as acquired brain injury, intellectual disabilities, autism, multiple scleroses, Alzheimer’s disease, and mental illness. Over the past 40 years, a wide literature base in disciplines such as rehabilitation counseling, rehabilitation psychology, social work, and nursing documents the ways families provide this care and how they are impacted with regard to such outcomes as family systems changes, psychological functioning, and access to public resources and funding. The extant literature however is limited by an overreliance on White and middle/upper class samples with access to professional services and funding.  

The purpose of this special issue is to expand our understanding of family caregiving through a wider multicultural perspective by publishing studies through the point of view of family caregivers from diverse country of origin, social class, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation backgrounds. We are also interested in studies that examine how families receive support through non-professional sources such as churches, local community organizations, and extended family networks. We believe such studies will enhance professional training and service provision, as well as in the development of caregiving theories more reflective of American society.

The special issue
will accept empirical articles describing quantitative or qualitative studies, as well as policy reviews, comprehensive literature analyses, and agency programs (both governmental and non-governmental).

Each manuscript should be approximately 25 double-spaced, typed pages in length (including references, tables, and figures). All manuscripts should include a section addressing implications for rehabilitation professionals. All manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication will be processed through the standard
Journal of Rehabilitation manuscript peer review procedures described at:


Manuscripts should be submitted to the Journal of Rehabilitation at .

The title page should indicate the manuscript is being considered for publication in the special issue. Manuscripts need to be submitted by January 1, 2017 for publication consideration in the special issue.

In addition to following the formal Journal of Rehabilitation manuscript submission process, please also email Dr. Degeneffe and indicate if you plan on submitting a manuscript and provide a working title for your manuscript. Dr. Degeneffe can be contacted at:

Questions regarding this Call for Submissions can be directed to:

Charles Edmund Degeneffe, Ph.D., MSSW, CRC
Rehabilitation Counseling Program
San Diego State University
Department of Administration, Rehabilitation, and Postsecondary Education
College of Education
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-1154
619-594-6921 (telephone)
619-594-0991 (fax) (email)


Eun-Jeong Lee, Ph.D., CRC
Division of Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling
Illinois Institute of Technology
Department of Psychology
Lewis College of Human Sciences
3105 S. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60616
312.567.5202 (telephone)
312.567.3493 (fax) (email)


Gloria K. Lee, Ph.D., CRC
Associate Professor
Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Room 459
620 Farm Lane, Erickson Hall
Office of Rehabilitation & Disability Studies (ORDS)
Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology & Special Education (CEPSE)
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, 48824
Tel: 517-432-3623