About the Journal

Welfare states have made well-being one of the main focuses of public policies. Social policies entail, however, complicated, and sometimes almost insurmountable, issues of prioritization, measurement, problem evaluation or strategic and technical decision making concerning aim-setting or finding the most adequate means to ends. Given the pressures to effectiveness it is no wonder that the last several decades have witnessed the imposition of research-based social policies as standard as well as the development of policy-oriented research methodologies. Legitimate social policies are, in this context, more and more dependent on the accurate use of diagnostic methods, of sophisticated program evaluation approaches, of benchmarking and so on. Inspired by this acute interest, our journal aims to host primarily articles based on policy research and methodological approaches of policy topics. Our journal is open to sociologically informed contributions from anthropologists, psychologists, statisticians, economists, historians and political scientists. General theoretical papers are also welcomed if do not deviate from the interests stated above. The editors also welcome reviews of books that are relevant to the topics covered in the journal.

Volume 4, Issue 1 July 2013

Mălina Voicu
Membership in civic association in Central and Eastern Europe: a longitudinal analysis

Nick Johns, Adrian Barton & Mark Hyde
Rent-Seeking as Social Policy: A UK Case Study

Lluís Coromina & Willem E. Saris
External Validity for One-Dimensional Cumulative Scaling on Supranational Political Decision-Making

Marcin Garbat

European Policy Models of Employment of People with Disabilities

Mark Rix, Nick Johns & Alison Green

Reasserting Freedom? Response to the Prevent Agenda by the UK Coalition Government

Denise Krohn Ramon
Cultural Competency, Adaptation, and Intelligence: Non-Governmental Organizations’ Role in this Globalization Era

Ciprian Pânzaru & Robert D. Reisz

Validity of the Push and Pull Hypothesis for the Explanation of Romanian Migration Flows

Engler Agnes

Students with Small Children in Higher Education

Rasaki Stephen Dauda
Aids-Orphanhood and Human Capital Development in Nigeria

Book Reviews

György Szabados

Bódi, F., Fábián, G., & Lawson,T. R. (Eds.),  Local Organization of Social Services in Hungary. Crises – Reactions – Changes. Studies in Comparative Social Pedagogies and International Social Work and Social Policy, Vol. XXI, Europäischer Hochschulverlag Gmbh & Co., 2012, 488 p.

Special Issue on: “Children’s Subjective Well-being”

Guest editors: Mònica González & Sara Malo (University of Girona, Spain)

The Journal of Social Research & Policy invites original paper submissions for a special issue on “Children’s Subjective Well-Being”, to bring together papers exploring the results of the Children’s Worlds project, theInternational Survey of Children’s Well-Being (ISCIWeB) in different regions of the world and with children and adolescents of different ages.
The ISCWeB is a worldwide research survey on children’s subjective well-being (http://www.isciweb.org/). The study aims to collect solid and representative data on children’s lives and daily activities, their time use and in particular on their own perceptions and evaluations of their well-being through a self-administered questionnaire which is filled by the children. The purpose is to improve children's well-being by creating awareness among children, their parents and their communities, but also among opinion leaders, decision makers, professionals and the general public.
Due to considerable differences between children of different ages, the basic questionnaire was adapted for three age groups - 8 years old, 10 years old and 12 years old- and thus there are three versions of the questionnaire, one for each age group. The ISCWeB includes also an adaptation of different psychometric scales such as the Student Life Satisfaction Scale (SLSS), the Brief Multidimensional Student Life Satisfaction Scale (BMSLSS) and the Personal WellBeing Index- School version (PWI-SC).
Additional items included on satisfaction with different life domains allow the calculation of a General Domain Satisfaction Index. The new quantitative measurement adopted will help to increase scientific knowledge on children’s subjective well-being through the identification of factors that contribute to their well-being worldwide and others that are country-specific.
In this special issue we encourage researchers that have been involved with collecting and analyzing data under the Children’s Worlds project framework in different countries and regions of the world to report data and/or methodological analyses on issues such as (but not limited to):
· validity, reliability and factorial structure of the SLSS, BMSLSS and the PWI-SC;
· cognitive and affective dimensions of subjective wellbeing;
· psychological and socio-demographical correlates of wellbeing;
· children’s well-being in regional and national contexts;
· inter-country comparisons of well-being ;
· well-being in different age groups (children of different ages and adolescents);
· public policy implication of well-being scores.
They will allow our readers to know the results of the ISCWeB and to promote debates on innovate and participatory practices in research focused on children and policy-making aimed to improve their s well-being.
All submissions will be peer reviewed. For guidelines on manuscript preparation and submission, please visit the journal website (www.jsrp.ro). Please address any inquiries to Mònica González: monica.gonzalez@udg.edu or Sara Malo:sara.malo@udg.edu

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 15th September 2014

Volume 4, Issue 2 December 2013
“Between Wealth and Well-Being: Consumption, Psychology and Quality of Life”

Editors: Anna Maria Zawadzka & Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska, Gdansk University, Poland

Anna Maria Zawadzka & Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska 
Introduction to the Special Issue: “Between Wealth and Well-Being: Consumption, Psychology and Quality of Life” 
Weiting Ng 
The Duality of Wealth: Is Material Wealth Good or Bad for Well-being?
Dan Weijers & Aaron Jarden 
The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview 
Anna Maria Zawadzka, Anna Strużyńska-Kujałowicz & Magdalena Zawisza 
The Effects of Power on Financial Aspirations and Expenditures in Poland and the UK 
Ralph L. Piedmont, Teresa A. Wilkins & John Hollowitz 
The Relevance of Spiritual Transcendence in a Consumer Economy: The Dollars and Sense of It 
Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska, Tomasz Baran, Amanda Clinton, Jarosław Piotrowski, Sergiu Bălţătescu & Alain Van Hiel 
Materialism, Subjective Well-being, and Entitlement 
Marius Drugaş 
Psychological Well-being during Unemployment. A Longitudinal Study
Lonnie Golden, Julia R. Henly & Susan Lambert 
Work Schedule Flexibility: A Contributor to Happiness?

Adrian Hatos 
How Deep Should the European Union Be? A Multilevel Test of the Impact of Personal Utility, Perceived National Opportunity and Political Attitudes on the Support for EU Integration

ISSN (print) 2067-2640
ISSN (electronic) 2068-9861

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