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Special Issue "Stress, Coping, and Resilience in Adolescents"

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Einar Thorsteinsson

Psychology, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351, Australia
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Phone: +61-2-6773-2587
Interests: health psychology; adolescent coping; social support; depression; wellbeing; anxiety; stress
Guest Editor
Dr. Natasha Loi

Psychology, University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351, Australia
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Phone: +61-2-6773-3903
Interests: workplace incivility and harassment; health; wellbeing; emotional intelligence; mental health literacy; self-efficacy; social support; burnout

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are organizing a Special Issue on stress, coping, and resilience in adolescents in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The venue is a peer-reviewed scientific journal that publishes articles and communications in the interdisciplinary area of environmental health sciences and public health. For detailed information on the journal, we refer you to http://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph.

It is important to understand the factors (e.g., physical activity, diet, social media use, and environment) that contribute to adolescents’ mental and physical health and the mediators and moderators of these relationships. Improved theoretical modelling should improve any programs (e.g., educational) that are run for the benefit of adolescents. Thus, research into these and related areas should focus on methods of improving the public health of adolescents.

This Special Issue is open to any subject area related to adolescent stress, coping, or resilience. The listed keywords suggest a few of the many possibilities.

Dr. Einar Thorsteinsson
Dr. Natasha Loi
Guest Editors

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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 monthly 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 1600 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.

Keywords

  • Stress
  • Coping
  • Resilience
  • Adolescents
  • Social support
  • Cross-cultural
  • Public health
  • Health geography
  • Quality of life
  • Wellbeing
  • Sexual orientation
  • Internet use
  • Diet
  • Mental health
  • Physical health

Published Papers (4 papers)

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Open AccessArticle Outcomes of a Randomized Controlled Trial on the Effectiveness of Depression and Anxiety Prevention for Adolescents with a High Familial Risk
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(7), 1457; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15071457
Received: 14 June 2018 / Revised: 6 July 2018 / Accepted: 6 July 2018 / Published: 10 July 2018
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A randomized controlled trail was conducted to examine the effectiveness of a depression and anxiety prevention program ‘Een Sprong Vooruit’ (A Leap Forward) among adolescent girls with a high familial risk (N = 142). The results showed neither effects of the prevention
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A randomized controlled trail was conducted to examine the effectiveness of a depression and anxiety prevention program ‘Een Sprong Vooruit’ (A Leap Forward) among adolescent girls with a high familial risk (N = 142). The results showed neither effects of the prevention program directly after the intervention, nor at 6 or 12 months follow-up on depression and anxiety symptoms. Further, latent growth curve modeling (LGCM) was used to examine whether the growth functions for the intervention and the control condition were different. The slope representing the change in depression symptoms was not significantly different between the intervention and the control condition. For anxiety symptoms, the difference between slopes was also not significant. Based on these results, we suggested that these high-risk adolescent girls might benefit more from a more intensive prevention program. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Reloading Pupils’ Batteries: Impact of Green Spaces on Cognition and Wellbeing
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(6), 1205; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061205
Received: 12 April 2018 / Revised: 5 June 2018 / Accepted: 6 June 2018 / Published: 8 June 2018
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Cognitive functioning and academic performance of pupils depend on regular breaks from classroom work. However, it is unclear which settings during such breaks provide the best environment to restore cognitive performance and promote wellbeing of adolescent pupils. Therefore, we investigated the effects of
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Cognitive functioning and academic performance of pupils depend on regular breaks from classroom work. However, it is unclear which settings during such breaks provide the best environment to restore cognitive performance and promote wellbeing of adolescent pupils. Therefore, we investigated the effects of staying in different urban green spaces during breaks. Sixty-four pupils (16–18 years old) participated in a cross-over experiment. They were placed into one of three settings (small park, larger park, forest) for one hour during a lunch break. Wellbeing was assessed four times (Nitsch scale), and a cognitive test (d2-R Test of Attention) was applied in the classrooms before and after the break. Wellbeing was almost always highest after the stay in the green spaces. However, a sustained effect was only found for the forest. Concentration performance values of the d2-R test were significantly higher after the pupils’ stay in green spaces for all sites. The highest increase of performance was found for the larger park type. In conclusion, this pilot study showed that study breaks in green spaces improved wellbeing and cognitive performance of adolescents. It also found that larger green spaces, either parks or forests, have stronger positive impacts on wellbeing and cognitive performance than small parks. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Emotional Intelligence and Its Relationship with Levels of Social Anxiety and Stress in Adolescents
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(6), 1073; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15061073
Received: 24 April 2018 / Revised: 17 May 2018 / Accepted: 24 May 2018 / Published: 25 May 2018
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The aim of this work is to extend the research on the relationships between emotional intelligence and various indicators of subjective well-being in adolescents, such as stress and social anxiety. The existence of differences in stress and social anxiety as a function of
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The aim of this work is to extend the research on the relationships between emotional intelligence and various indicators of subjective well-being in adolescents, such as stress and social anxiety. The existence of differences in stress and social anxiety as a function of an emotional intelligence score is also analyzed. A total of 505 Spanish adolescents between the ages of 12 and 18 participated in the study. The results obtained support the existence of a positive relationship between trait emotional intelligence and subjective well-being. Likewise, the existence of a negative association between emotional intelligence and stress, and emotional intelligence and social anxiety, is confirmed. These results are consistent with other similar works based on adolescent samples. Full article
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Open AccessArticle A Theoretical and Empirical Linkage between Road Accidents and Binge Eating Behaviors in Adolescence
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(2), 355; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15020355
Received: 27 December 2017 / Revised: 13 February 2018 / Accepted: 15 February 2018 / Published: 17 February 2018
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This study aimed at identifying specific clusters of maladaptive emotional–behavioral symptoms in adolescent victims of motorbike collisions considering their scores on alexithymia and impulsivity in addition to examining the prevalence of clinical binge eating behaviors (respectively through the Youth Self-Report (YSR), Toronto Alexithymia
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This study aimed at identifying specific clusters of maladaptive emotional–behavioral symptoms in adolescent victims of motorbike collisions considering their scores on alexithymia and impulsivity in addition to examining the prevalence of clinical binge eating behaviors (respectively through the Youth Self-Report (YSR), Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (TAS-20), Barratt Impulsiveness Scale-11 (BIS-11), and Binge Eating Scale (BES)). Emotional–behavioral profiles, difficulties in identifying and describing feelings, impulsivity, and binge eating behaviors have been assessed in 159 adolescents addressing emergency departments following motorbike collisions. Our results showed a cluster of adolescents with clinical binge eating behaviors, high rates of motorbike accidents, and high levels of internalizing and externalizing problems, alexithymia, and impulsivity (23.3% of the sample); a second cluster of adolescents with clinical binge eating behaviors, a moderate number of collisions, and moderate levels of emotional and behavioral problems on the above four dimensions (25.8% of the sample); and a third cluster of youth without clinical binge eating behaviors, with a moderate number of accidents, and with low scores on the four dimensions (50.9% of the sample). Adolescents of Cluster 1 showed a higher likelihood to be involved in motorbike collisions than the youth in Clusters 2 and 3 (p < 0.0001). We suggest that adolescents’ motor collisions could be associated with their difficulties in emotion regulation and with their impaired psychological profiles, which could also underpin their disordered eating. The identification of specific clusters of psychopathological symptoms among this population could be useful for the construction of prevention and intervention programs aimed at reducing motor collision recidivism and alleviating co-occurring psychopathologies. Full article
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