Journal of Financial Therapy

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Featured Article

Financial Help-Seeking Behaviors of Young Adults
Christina E. Glenn and Stuart J. Heckman

About the Journal of Financial Therapy

The Journal of Financial Therapy primarily publishes clinical, experimental, and survey research that examines the empirical link between personal financial knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors and personal and family well-being. JFT also accepts cross-sectional survey research, longitudinal and panel study research, case studies, financial therapy practice management tutorials, and literature reviews. Articles from financial therapists, both those working in academia and in practice, are welcomed.

All manuscripts received are blind peer reviewed. Because of the clinical focus of the journal, authors are encouraged to address the conceptual methodology underlying the research and to describe the intervention methods employed. Although detailed reviews of literature are accepted, reviewers tend to appreciate manuscripts with a very strong introduction describing the purpose of the study, a well described conceptual framework, concise presentation of findings, and a thorough discussion of results that are applicable to practicing financial therapists, financial counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, and others who regularly work in clinical settings.

Topics of Interest

  • Pre- and post-test analyses of counseling and financial therapy methods
  • Tests showing the effectiveness of financial education in changing both attitudes and behaviors
  • Financial therapy trends
  • Regulation of financial therapy
  • Ethical issues associated with financial therapy
  • Practice management techniques
  • Client assessment and management procedures
  • Employee counseling and therapy
  • Financial therapy research methodological and statistical procedures
  • Book reviews and letters

The Journal of Financial Therapy provides a forum for those who are interested in financial therapy and financial counseling with a forum for sharing models, theory, ideas, strategies, and therapy approaches.

Journal Questions and Answers for Authors

A primary purpose of the Journal of Financial Therapy is to provide a forum to study the cognitive, emotional, behavioral, relational, economic, and integrative aspects of financial health. The journal bridges the empirical and clinical work typically conducted by financial planning and marriage and family therapy researchers into an integrative disciplinary forum for sharing models, theories, ideas, strategies, and counseling approaches. The following questions and answers are provided to help address some of the issues faced by new authors.

Yes; the journal uses a double-blind peer review process. All identifying marks (e.g., names, addresses, sample sources) are either removed or hidden to ensure that an author’s identity is not revealed to the reviewers.
Reviewers are responsible for determining if a manuscript will be of importance to the JFT readers. Reviewers, in consultation with the editor and associate editors, determine if a paper will be published. Reviewers are asked to pay close attention to the following criteria:
  • The general grammar use and writing skill of the author(s)
  • The development of a clear purpose
  • The appropriateness of literature reviewed
  • Note: Given the clinical focus of the journal, long and exhaustive reviews of literature are discouraged; instead, authors should focus on the method and intervention techniques used in clinical and experimental studies. Research based on survey data should have a very strong practitioner focused discussion.
  • The methodology used
  • The validity and reliability of findings
  • The relevance of findings
  • The usefulness of findings for practitioners

The Journal of Financial Therapy utilizes an editor and associate editor process for evaluating manuscripts. That is, the editor works with content specific associate editors, who, in turn, choose appropriate reviewers for manuscripts. As such, the editor’s role is to facilitate a dialog between and among reviewers and authors and to monitor the timeliness of the review process. The editor and associate editors are also available to counsel authors on the process of manuscript submission, review, and publication.

Basic editing for grammar, readability, and style are the sole responsibility of the author(s). The editor will provide feedback to authors, but will generally not make grammatical corrections. Authors who need this type of assistance should contact the editor for the name of graduate students who may be willing to assist in manuscript preparation.
Occasionally, yes; however, all articles, papers, and manuscripts are subject to blind peer review.
No; it should be noted, however, that reviewers and readers prefer shorter well written manuscripts to those that are overly wordy.
JFT is an open access publication which means that papers are published on a regular basis but not on a preset schedule. Since there are no obligatory printing and mailing routines, a volume may have one or more issues in any given year.
Contents of JFT are archived online through New Prairie Press.
The Journal of Financial Therapy International Standard Serial Number is: ISSN 1945-7774 
Online ISSN: 1944-9771

Editorial Board


Sarah Asebedo, Texas Tech University

Associate Editor of Profiles and Book Reviews

Axton Betz-Hamilton, South Dakota State University

Copy Editor

Kaplan Sanders, Texas Tech University

Editorial Board

Kristy Archuleta,University of Georgia
Laura Bonella, Kansas State University Libraries
Eric Dammann, Eric J. Damman, Ph.D.
Saundra Davis, Sage Financial Solutions
James (Jim) M. Dodson, Clarksville Behavioral Health
Jerry Gale, University of Georgia
Martie Gillen, University of Florida
Joe Goetz, University of Georgia
John Grable, University of Georgia
Clinton Gudmunson, Iowa State University
Sandra Huston, Texas Tech University
So-Hyun Joo, Ewha Woman’s University (South Korea)
Rick Kahler, Kahler Financial

Brad Klontz, Creighton University & Finanical Psychology Institute
Joe Lowrance, Lowrance Psychology
Marty Martin, DePaul University/Reflections Psychological Services
Megan McCoy, Kansas State University
D. Bruce Ross, University of Kentucky
Martin Seay, Kansas State University
Thomas Smith, Florida State University
Robert Van Beek, About Life & Finance (The Netherlands)
Neal Van Zutphen, Instrinsic Wealth Counsel, Inc.
Wookjae Heo, Purdue University