Family Process (journal) Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Process_(journal)

Family Process
Family Process journal cover.jpg
DisciplineFamily studies, clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy
LanguageEnglish, Spanish, Chinese
Edited byJay Lebow
Publication details
Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Family Process Institute
3.532 (2020)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4Fam. Process
ISSN0014-7370 (print)
1545-5300 (web)
OCLC no.1250061550

Family Process is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal covering research on family system issues, including policy and applied practice. It is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Family Process Institute.[1] Since 2007, the journal publishes its abstracts in Chinese and Spanish in addition to English. The journal publishes original articles, including theory and practice, philosophical underpinnings, qualitative and quantitative clinical research, and training in couple and family therapy, family interaction, and family relationships with networks and larger systems.

Abstracting and indexing[edit]

The journal is abstracted and indexed in:

According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2020 impact factor of 3.532.[8]


The journal was established in 1962 by Nathan Ackerman, Donald deAvila Jackson, and Jay Haley as a mutual project of the Mental Research Institute and the Family Institute (later to be named the Ackerman Institute for the Family).[9] Haley became the first editor-in-chief.[10] During this decade, the journal was sold for $1,000 to what would become the Family Process Institute.[9]

Don Bloch became the second editor.[9] Included in the journal during his tenure was the development of the many types of family therapy models, emphasis on the family life cycle, culture, immigration, marital therapy, and gender.[11] In the early 1980s, Bloch retired as editor, and was succeeded by Carlos Sluzki. During his tenure, the journal became more focused on the diversity of families.[1] Peter Steinglass became editor in the 1990s.[1] Two different trends appeared: a growth of empirical research and the advancement of evidence-based and evidence-informed models of treatment, and the unfolding of the narrative approach in family therapy. These different paradigms, belief systems, sets of assumptions, and approaches to knowledge inhabited the journal side by side. Randomized clinical trials were reported in the journal for the first time.[1]

From 1998-2003, the editorship passed to Carol Anderson, the journal's first woman editor.[1]

In the first decade of the 21st century, Evan Imber-Black became editor[1] with the journal publishing both clinical and research issues on such topics as divorce, Latino families, asthma, and interdisciplinary training. During this time, the first translations into Spanish appeared along with translated abstracts into simple Chinese and Spanish.[1]

In 2012, Jay Lebow became the current editor.[1] Video abstracts are now available online for many of the journal's articles, and the first Chinese translation of a full article was published in the journal in 2012.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Family Process Journal". Family Process Institute. Archived from the original on 2001-12-16. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  2. ^ "CINAHL Complete Database Coverage List". CINAHL. EBSCO Information Services. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  3. ^ a b c d "Family Process". MIAR: Information Matrix for the Analysis of Journals. University of Barcelona. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  4. ^ a b "Web of Science Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Clarivate Analytics. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  5. ^ "Family Process". NLM Catalog. National Center for Biotechnology Information. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  6. ^ "PsycINFO Journal Coverage". American Psychological Association. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  7. ^ "Source details: Family Process". Scopus Preview. Elsevier. Retrieved 2021-10-25.
  8. ^ "Family Process". 2020 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Social Sciences ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2021.
  9. ^ a b c "Our History". Ackerman Institute for the Family. Retrieved 2013-04-17.
  10. ^ "In Tribute: Jay Haley (1923-2007)." Mental Research Institute. Retrieved on April 13, 2013.
  11. ^ Ransom, Donald C. (2002). "Tribute to Donald A. Bloch, M.D.". Families, Systems, and Health. 20 (4): 342–342. doi:10.1037/h0089592.

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