The Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare (JSSW) is a peer-reviewed journal sponsored jointly by Western Michigan University, the College of Health and Human Services, and the School of Social Work.

The most recent two years of JSSW are only available to subscribers and from computers on the WMU campus. Articles older than two years are available open access to all.

Please note that as of 2020 Volume XLVII, the Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare is moving to online format. Subscription prices will include a single print issue of the most downloaded articles from the volume (March - December) which will be printed and shipped the following March.

Most recently added issue: Volume 48, Issue 1 (2021) March, 2021

Complete Issue



The Social Construction of Happiness: A Mixed-Methods Research Study in Mexico
Oscar A. Martínez-Martínez, Margaret Lombe, Ana María Vázquez-Rodríguez, Javier Reyes-Martínez, and Araceli Ramírez-López


Ethnic Comparisons in Perceptions of Health, Happiness, Hope, and Related Social Determinants of Health in a Majority-Minority Midwestern Town
Virginia Chaidez, Yumou Qiu, Angela L. Palmer-Wackerly, Julie A. Tippens, Gilbert R. Parra, Patrick Habecker, Kimberly Gocchi Carrasco, Jordan Soliz, Lisa M. PytlikZillig, and Kirk Dombrowski

Book Reviews


Melinda McCormick
Managing Editor
Sarah Hoyle-Katz