The Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships is devoted to addressing the epistemological, ontological, and social construction of sexual expression and relationships of persons within the African diaspora. The journal seeks to take into account the transhistorical substrates that subsume behavioral, affective, and cognitive functioning of persons of African descent as well as those who educate or clinically serve this important population. Quantitative, qualitative, and conceptual, articles, book reviews, and letters to the editor address various cultural substrates (e.g., age, race, gender, sexual orientation/identities, ability, spirituality, etc.) that intersect or weave themselves in/out of sexual expression, romantic relationships, and/or friendships. Interdisciplinary in nature, the journal includes perspectives from a variety of fields including psychology, sociology, education, psychiatry, human development, social work, social policy, and anthropology.
The JBSR is the official journal of the Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians.
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Volume 9, Numbers 3-4, Winter-Spring 2023
Special Issue: Black Women and Sexuality
Guest Edited by Karen Sears, PhD, Stacey Brown, PhD, Kamilah Woodson, PhD, and Jannis Moody, PhD
Kamilah Marie Woodson
Karen Powell Sears and Stacey L. Brown
Selecting Singlehood and Creating Community: How Black Women are Reclaiming Agency and Defying Stereotypes
Jonece Layne, Erika Sims, Amber Clunie, and Kamilah Marie Woodson
The Love Jones Cohort: Single and Living Alone (SALA) by Choice, Circumstance or Both? Is Marriage the Option?
LaToya Council and Kris Marsh
Doin’ Me: Millennial Women’s Expression of Sexual Agency in St. Kitts
Concurrent Partnerships Among Black Women in United States
Karen B. Vanterpool, William L. Yarber, Molly Rosenberg, Rasul A. Mowatt, and Justin R. Garcia
Sex Redefined: Exploring the Effects of Masturbatory Messaging toward Black Girls and Women on Sexual Development and Practice
Alexcia M. Kilgore and Jonece Layne
Claiming the Erotic and Intimate Self: The Sexual Agency of Adolescent Girls in Trinidad and Tobago
Leslie Robertson Foncette
Gendered Racial Socialization and Interracial Dating Attitudes Among Black Women
Jasmine K. Jester and James E. Brooks
“Now as a 50 year old woman, I know who I am”: Older Black Women Reflecting on Dating and Marrying White Men
Vanessa Gonlin and Destiny Hannon
“My God Has Not Spoken”: A Qualitative Study of HIV Management Experiences Among African American Women
Donna M. Cole, Felipe I. Agudelo, Salimah Sligh, Natalie Massenburg, Taryn Lipiner, and Barbara Guthrie
Black Women’s Relational Competencies and Ethical Leadership in the Workplace
S. Alease Ferguson and Toni C. King
Black Joy: Love, Intimacy, and Sexuality Amongst Black Intellectuals in the Academy
Adah Ward Randolph
A Consensus Statement on Clinical Reasoning in Clinical Sexology
Statement of Publishing Ethics
Send manuscripts electronically using Microsoft Word to James C. Wadley, Ph.D at email@example.com AND ABSC1041@gmail.com
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been sent for publication or published elsewhere. As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. All figures should be camera ready.
All parts of the manuscript should be typewritten, double-spaced, with margins of at least one inch on all sides. Quantitative manuscripts should not exceed 30 pages total (including cover page, abstract, text, references, tables, and figures), with margins of at least 1 inch on all sides and a standard font (e.g., Times New Roman) of 12 points (no smaller). Qualitative manuscripts should not exceed 40 pages. For papers that exceed page limits, authors must provide a rationale to justify the extended length in their cover letter (e.g., multiple studies are reported). Papers that do not conform to these guidelines may be returned with instructions to revise before a peer review is invited.
The manuscript files should be submitted in MS Word (Windows Vista users, please save your files as an earlier ".doc" filetype). Include (1) the manuscript title and running head; (2) all author names, affiliations, mailing addresses, and e-mail addresses (indicate who the corresponding author for the article should be); (3) any acknowledgments; and (4) brief biographical paragraphs (50 words or less) describing each author’s current affiliation and research interests.
Authors should also supply a shortened version of the title suitable for the running head, not exceeding 50 character spaces. Each article should be summarized in an abstract of no more than 100 words. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text. Format for references and citations should conform to the most recent edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. This may be ordered from the Publication Department, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C. 20002-4242, phone (202)336-5500, fax (202)336-5502.
Book reviews should be sent to the attention of the editor (address above). Review essays as well as bibliographic articles and compilations are sought. Potential contributors of such material are advised to correspond with the editor.
Peer Review Policy
All research articles in this journal undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing by two anonymous referees.
Please allow 3-5 months for review of all submitted articles.
James C. Wadley, Lincoln University
Twinet Parmer, Central Michigan University
Bridgette Peteet, University of Cincinnati
Sheila V. Baldwin, Columbia College Chicago
Juan Battle, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Fred A. Bonner II, Prairie View A&M University
Shanna Broussard, Texas Southern University
Crystal Rae Coel, Murray State University
Zupenda Davis-Shine, Burlington County Health Department
Monique Howard, Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
Felicia Fisher, University of Houston
Karen Flynn, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Spelman College
Anita Hawkins, Morgan State University
Leah P. Hollis, Morgan State University
Larry D. Icard, Temple University
George James, Thomas Jefferson University/Council for Relationships
Doreen Loury, Arcadia University
Aretha Faye Marbley, Texas Tech University
Kenneth Monteiro, San Francisco State University
Wilfridah Mucherah, Ball State University
Valerie Newsome, National Development & Research Institutes
Leon Rouson, Norfolk State University
Jeanine Staples, Penn State University
Dionne Stephens, Florida International University
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The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians will change or enhance the way you think about intersectionality. In addition, we strive to offer research, clinical, and educational opportunities that revolve around sexuality and race. We seek to empower our community by engaging, informing, dialoguing, learning and collaborating about sexual health issues.PROJECTED ORGANIZATIONAL OUTCOMES
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