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Special Issue "Reproductive Health, Social Support, and Health Wellbeing"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Women's Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2024 | Viewed by 127

Special Issue Editors

Associate Professor, Head of Department of Public Health, School of Psychology and Public Health, La Trobe University, Bundoora, VIC 3086, Australia
Interests: women's health; social support for reproductive decision-making; sexual and reproductive health; reproductive decision-making; women without children; role of policy on reproductive decision-making; social in/exclusion
School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Burwood, VIC 3217, Australia
Interests: family and social policy; exploring the inequities experienced by particular social groups who are reliant on social and institutional policies
School of Health and Social Development, Deakin University, Burwood, VIC 3217, Australia
Interests: social inclusion and exclusion; cross-cultural health/cultural influences in health and wellbeing; health in international settings/low and middle income settings; health and wellbeing of refugee populations; sexual and reproductive health; community engagement

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Reproductive health, a human right, is a significant public health issue. It can be defined as the right to have a fulfilling sex life; the freedom to choose if and when to have children; the spacing, timing and number of children; access to safe, affordable and effective mechanisms for regulating fertility, such as contraception, assisted reproduction and termination of pregnancy; and autonomy and privacy in reproductive decision-making. Reproductive health is inherently gendered, whereby typically the onus is on women to take responsibility for reproductive health, for example through decisions relating to contraception, family planning, and termination of pregnancy. Reproductive health is impacted and influenced by a complex array of interacting circumstances. This includes micro to macro-level factors, which play out in unique ways due to diverse and intersecting identities, cultural, social and gender norms, economic conditions, policy and legislation, communities, organisations and institutions, health systems and services. Furthermore, social support is a key determinant of health and can have significant consequences for reproductive health. Social support related to women’s reproductive health has been given little attention, in particular the social supports women draw on, including their type and function.

This Special Issue aims to draw attention to what is known about social support across women’s reproductive lives, including examples of good practice in service provision, policy, and practice to enhance women’s reproductive health. Articles that consider social support for reproductive health and associated health and wellbeing outcomes, a socio-ecological and/or intersectional lens, a public health approach, or interventions to support positive outcomes are encouraged.

Dr. Melissa Graham
Dr. Hayley Mckenzie
Dr. Greer Lamaro Haintz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • social support
  • reproductive health
  • women
  • gender
  • contraception
  • family planning

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