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The Journal of Early Adolescence

University of Kentucky
2013 Impact Factor: 1.200
2013 Ranking: 49/65 in Psychology, Developmental | 16/39 in Family Studies
Source: 2013 Journal Citation Reports ® (Thomson Reuters, 2014)

For over 30 years, The Journal of Early Adolescence (JEA) has provided researchers and practitioners in developmental psychology, educational psychology , human development and family studies, psychiatry, public health, social work, and sociology with the latest work concerning original theoretical work, empirical research as well as science-based practices regarding the early adolescent developmental period (10 through 14 years of age).


Eight times a year (effective 2013), JEA clarifies and analyzes significant advances and issues from diverse developmental contexts (peers, school, family, neighborhood, and culture), such as education motivation and achievement, identity development (self-esteem and self-concept), problem behaviors (health risks, reactions to stress), sexuality, as well as in-depth discussions on research design and methodology. Each article goes through rigorous, double-blinded peer review completed in 90 days or less by at least two (up to four) members of an international, multi-disciplinary panel of experts. Proposals for special issues and guest editors are welcomed (


The Journal of Early Adolescence offers new perspectives on pivotal developmental issues during early adolescence. Important topics covered in recent issues include:

  • Academic competence & transitions
  • Affect and emotions
  • Attachment relationships
  • Bullying/Cyberbullying
  • Cross-cultural and cross-national comparisons
  • Deviance and delinquency
  • Eating disorders
  • Educational Transitions
  • Ethnic and racial comparisons
  • Externalizing problems
  • Identity Development
  • Interventions and program evaluations
  • Internalizing problems
  • Moral development
  • Parenting and family processes
  • Peer Relations and Friendships
  • Positive youth development
  • Problem and risk behaviors
  • Prosocial behaviors
  • Puberty/Pubertal development
  • Self-esteem or self-worth
  • Self image
  • Self-regulation and self-control
  • Sexual activity
  • Substance use
  • Youth violence


Regular Papers (RP): Original research and theoretical papers from around the world that present the latest findings and insights on early adolescent development (30-35 pages).

Brief Reports (BR): Basic communication of original research, both basic and applied or conceptual/theoretical work (20 pages).

Rapid Communiqués (RC): Rapid and succinct communication of cutting edge findings; requires conceptual/theoretical framework, like the other two submission formats (8 pages).

Special Issues: Single-theme special issues that include 5 to 8 papers provide in-depth coverage of subjects of current interest. Single issues concentrate on areas that have historically received limited attention. Proposals for special issues are encouraged.

Guest Editorials: Short essays that encourage professional dialogue between diverse disciplines concerned with early adolescence

The Journal of Early Adolescence is the only peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal dedicated to the early adolescent development period.

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Frequency: 8 Times/Year eISSN: 1552-5449 ISSN: 0272-4316
Months of Distribution: January , February , April , May , June , August , October , November Current Volume: 35 Current Issue: 4
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