The Journal of Family Strengths (JFS), formerly Family Preservation Journal, is an open-access, double-blind peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Center for Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown and the The TMC Library. JFS is devoted to presenting theoretical, policy, practice, and evaluation articles on the strengths perspective in family-centered practice to improve services that promote and sustain family systems.

If you have questions about the submission or review process, please contact jfs@childrenatrisk.org for assistance.

Current Issue: Volume 17, Issue 1 (2017) Innovative Practices to Eliminate Health Disparities


Issue Editor's Point of View



Gender Differences and the Impact of Exposure to Violence on Depressive Symptoms and Sleep Habits among Young African American Adults
Forough Saadatmand ., Roderick Harrison, Jennifer Bronson, Deanna Crouse, Monica Jackson, and Mark Johnson


Preferred health information sources: An examination of vulnerable middle-aged and older women
Caroline D. Bergeron, Marcia Ory, Heather H. Goltz, Samuel D. Towne Jr, SangNam Ahn, Nelda Mier, and Matthew Lee Smith


Use of Short Assessment of Health Literacy for Spanish Adults (SAHLSA-50) to Determine the Health Literacy Rate of the Spanish-speaking Population in an Urban Emergency Department
Dick Kuo M.D., Sheetal Thaker, Martin Duncan, Michael Puente, Sonia Parra, Ashley Rider, Kelsey Horter, and Malford T. Pillow


Illness Severity among Non-English, Non-Spanish Speaking Patients in a Public Emergency Department
Malford T. Pillow M.D., M.Ed.; Thomas Ence M.D.; Tyler Dirvonas M.D.; William F. Peacock M.D.; and Dick Kuo M.D.

Perspectives from the Field