Call for Papers: Special Issue on Socialisation in Contemporary India: Perspectives and Voices of Children and Adolescents

Guest Editor: Rajani M Konantambigi, School of Human Ecology, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India; e-mail:

The larger macro-forces, like the globalization represented by the growing influences of media/social media, the digital world and consumerism and the political economy are shaping the experiences of families and children. They are easing the life of the people in certain ways, and in yet other ways have created problems of adjustment. Institutions where children are socialized, like the family, the day care centers and the schools are undergoing changes and affect the adjustment of children. These contemporary issues have forced researchers to listen to children, who are the main stakeholders and others, parents and teachers who are the stakeholders in the micro-contexts. Chief among the triggers for adjustment are the school environment (typically characterised by “marks” and “fear”), increased bullying (as victims, bullies, by-standers, etc), pressure to make early career decisions, intense competition, loss of companionship of fellow-classmates, romantic relationships, and the digital media (in the form of sexting and other digital addictions). While no setting or experience is only negative or positive, the triggers may lead to feelings of fear of failure, issues of self-doubt and efficacy, substance use and other adjustment problems. Counselling and other interventions in schools, though not on a scale that is precedented, have been initiated at the policy and programme level too. Issues and concerns of children and adolescents living in difficult situations, e.g.; on the margins of society, those living in special ecological settings, zones of trauma and disaster, and children with special health conditions like children with cancer, cerebral palsy, autism, etc are exacerbated. They will also form a part of this volume.

The forthcoming Special Issue will cover some of these topics. The papers will be largely data based, using qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods’ as approaches to research.

The papers on the following topics are invited:

  • Emotional climate in Schools: Children's Voices
  • Bullying in Schools
  • Digital media and Socialisation
  • Issues of school failure, stress/anxiety and fear
  • Counselling in Schools: Issues and Problems
  • Adolescent adjustment, Coping, Self-Efficacy, Self-Esteem.
  • Psycho-Social Interventions in Schools: Effects of Programmes and Policies.
  • Life on the margins of society
  • Living in special ecological settings
  • Children in zones of trauma and disaster
  • Children with special health conditions (e.g. cerebral palsy…..)

The length of the paper including references should be between 6000 and 8000 

Papers are to be submitted to Psychological Studies on its website (

Last date of Submission: October 15, 2021