The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences International Award for Excellence

The Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Journal Collection offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Research Network.

Award Winners for Volume 13

Experiences of Postpartum Women in One Residential Treatment Facility for Substance Use Disorders: A Qualitative Case Study

A growing opioid crisis in the United States has sparked a need for gender-specific research and treatment to address unmet needs and promote positive health outcomes for both women and children. The primary purpose of this research is to provide insight into the experiences and perceptions of postpartum women with substance use disorders receiving care at one residential treatment facility. Two women, aged twenty-two and twenty-seven years, participated in semi-structured interviews designed to elicit perceptions about barriers to treatment; the value of various programs; the role of physical, social, and temporal contexts in treatment; and beliefs about the effect of treatment on quality of life. Interview transcripts were analyzed using a priori coding and the Social Stress Model of Substance Abuse. The pilot findings suggest that, for these women, separation from children during treatment is experienced as a major stressor; communication, counseling, and program staff and peer resources help to offset this stress. The descriptive-level findings could provide insight to occupational therapy practitioners and other community-based providers about women in substance abuse recovery and their perceptions of the value of programmatic interventions, the meaning of their occupational deficits, and the significance of occupational therapy as treatment to address these deficits.

Past Award Winners

Volume 12

From Islamic Dress and Islamic Fashion to Cool Islam: An Exploration of Muslim Youth Hybrid Identities in the West

Imène Ajala The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, Volume 12, Issue 3, pp. 1-11


Volume 11

Race, Culture, and Politics in the Schooling of Ethnic Mexicans in the New American Southwest: The Case of Texas, 1836–1860

Guadalupe San Miguel Jr.,The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp. 13-21


Volume 10

Learning and Teaching Scholarship: Discovery across Disciplines

J. Fiona Peterson, Andrea Chester, Suzie Attiwill, and Debra Bateman, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 10, Issue 1, pp.33–50


Volume 9

Kids Come Last: The Effect of Family Law Involvement in Parental Alienation

Christine Giancarlo and Kara Rottmann, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 9, Volume 1, pp.27–42


Volume 8

Migratory Fluxes and the Concentration of Foreign Manpower

Olga Achón Rodríguez, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 8, Issue1, pp.13–22


Volume 7

Ethics of Knowledge Translation: One Step Forward

Darquise Lafrenière, Thierry Hurlimann, Vincent Menuz, and Béatrice Godard, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences: Annual Review, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.23–36


Volume 6

Beyond a Shadow of Doubt: The Psychological Nature of Dogmatism

J. J. Johnson, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.149–162


Volume 5

Revealing Clio’s Secrets: The Case for Historical Macromeasurement

Sean M. Clark, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 4, Issue 8, pp.101–114


Volume 4

An Overdue Appraisal: The Need to Rethink Democracy Theory

Joleen Steyn-Kotze, The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 3, Issue 9, pp.13–30