About This Journal
Clinical Sociology Review was published annually beginning in 1982 until its final volume in 1998, under the auspices of first the Clinical Sociology Association and subsequently the Sociological Practice Association. It was produced by various publishers over the years: first the Association itself, then General Hall, Inc. (Bayside, NY, Vol. 2); Brunner/Mazel, Inc. (Vols. 3 - 5); Michigan State University Press (East Lansing, MI, Vols. 6 - 10); the University of North Texas Press (Vols. 11, 12); Kendall Hunt, Inc. (Vols. 13, 14); and Jednota Press (Middletown, PA, Vol. 16) (Volume 15 indicates no publisher imprint).
The masthead of Clinical Sociology Review evolved over its lifetime, but ultimately settled at the following:
"Clinical Sociology is the creation of new systems as well as the intervention in existing systems for purposes of assessment and/or change. Clinical sociologists are humanistic scientists who are multi-disciplinary in approach. They engage in planned social change efforts by focusing on one system level (e.g., interpersonal, small group, organization, community, international), but they do so from a sociological frame of reference.
"Clinical Sociology Review publishes articles, essays, and research reports concerned with the clinical uses of sociological theory, findings or methods or which demonstrate how clinical practice at the individual, small group, large organization or social system level contributes to the development of theory. Articles in the Review are generally expected to be relevant to intervention at some level. Articles may also be oriented towards the teaching of clinical sociology. Shorter articles discussing teaching techniques or practice concepts may be submitted to the Teaching Notes Section or Practice Notes Section. Manuscripts will be reviewed both for merit and for relevance to the special interests of the Review."
Editorial staff changed over the years, as did the types of materials accepted and published in the journal. Front matter for each issue should detail the particulars of these changes for any given volume, and the Editor's Preface provides context for each issue.
The Sociological Practice Association ultimately merged with another professional association to form the Society for Allied and Clinical Sociology. The journal finds its online home here at the Wayne State University Libraries through the generosity and tenacity of Dr. Mary Cay Sengstock in the Department of Sociology, Wayne State University, and with the permission of former Association presidents Ross Koppel (University of Pennsylvania) and Jan Marie Fritz (University of Cincinnati).