Advances in Health Psychology: Theories, Methods and Applications

A special issue of European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education (ISSN 2254-9625).

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Interests: health practices; quality of life; spirituality; social skills; positive psychology; health and well-being promotion; leisure psychology; group interventions

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Department of Psychology, FAMERP Medical School (Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto), São José do Rio Preto 15090-000, Brazil
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Dear Colleagues,

Even before Matarazzo coined the term Health Psychology and Martin Seligman popularized the expression Positive Psychology, hundreds of studies conducted all over the world were undoubtedly related to these two broad topics. An enormous number of assessment and intervention instruments have been developed, adapted and tested in these fields. Individual and group behaviours in “normal” and challenging periods have been analysed, modified and predicted. Consequently, a considerable number of systematic literature reviews central to the work of health psychologists have been published. In this context, this Special Issue of EJIHPE aims to synthesise some of the remarkable advances in Health Psychology, from theoretical to applied aspects.

Considering the individual and social impacts of this research, we are honoured to invite you to submit papers to be presented in this Special Issue of EJIHPE. This Special Issue is guest-edited by Prof. Rute F. Meneses. Manuscripts should be submitted by 31 May 2022. See the Special Issue website for further details and submission instructions.

Submissions of complete manuscripts of original research on any of the topics of interest is strongly recommended. Papers submitted to this Special Issue of EJIHPE will undergo the standard peer-review procedure, and published papers will be indexed by the ESCI (Web of Science).

Dr. Rute F. Meneses
Prof. Dr. Anna Rita Giovagnoli
Prof. Dr. Maria Cristina de Oliveira Santos Miyazaki
Dr. Diogo Guedes Vidal
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Keywords

  • positive psychology
  • community psychology
  • health promotion
  • disease prevention
  • behavior, lifestyle and health
  • technology and health
  • psychopathology
  • leisure and health
  • health and disease throughout a lifespan
  • complementary and alternative medicine
  • health communication
  • healthcare teams
  • health and the environment
  • sustainable development goals
  • sexual health
  • spiritual health and well-being
  • psychological assessment in health settings

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State of Mind Assessment in Relation to Adult Attachment and Text Analysis of Adult Attachment Interviews in a Sample of Patients with Anorexia Nervosa
by Cristina Civilotti, Martina Franceschinis, Gabriella Gandino, Fabio Veglia, Simona Anselmetti, Sara Bertelli, Armando D’Agostino, Carolina Alberta Redaelli, Renata del Giudice, Rebecca Giampaolo, Isabel Fernandez, Sarah Finzi, Alessia Celeghin, Edoardo Donarelli and Giulia Di Fini
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12(12), 1760-1779; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12120124 - 30 Nov 2022
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Background: Attachment theory represents one of the most important references for the study of the development of an individual throughout their life cycle and provides the clinician with a profound key for the purposes of understanding the suffering that underlies severe psychopathologies such [...] Read more.
Background: Attachment theory represents one of the most important references for the study of the development of an individual throughout their life cycle and provides the clinician with a profound key for the purposes of understanding the suffering that underlies severe psychopathologies such as eating disorders. As such, we conducted a cross-sectional study with a mixed-methods analysis on a sample of 32 young women with anorexia nervosa (AN); this study was embedded in the utilized theoretical framework with the following aims: 1. to evaluate the state of mind (SoM) in relation to adult attachment, assuming a prevalence of the dismissing (DS) SoM and 2. to analyze the linguistic attachment profile emerging from the transcripts of the AAIs. Methods: Interviews were transcribed verbatim, coded, and analyzed using the linguistic inquiry and word count (LIWC) method. Results: The results were observed to be consistent with the referenced literature. The prevalence of a DS SoM (68.75%) is observed in the study sample, whereas the results of the lexical analysis of the stories deviate from expectations. Notably, the lexical results indicate the coexistence of the dismissing and entangled aspects at the representational level. Conclusions: The study results suggest a high level of specificity in the emotional functioning of patients with AN, with a focusing on a pervasive control of emotions that is well illustrated by the avoidant/ambivalent (A/C) strategy described in Crittenden’s dynamic–maturational model. These findings and considerations have important implications for clinical work and treatment, which we believe must be structured on the basis of starting from a reappraisal of emotional content. Full article
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An International Study of Correlates of Women’s Positive Body Image
by Sandra Torres, Carolina A. Araújo, Amanda Fitzgerald, Barbara Dooley, Angeliki Leondari, Cátia Miriam Costa, Dorit Olenik-Shemesh, Efthymia Sygkollitou, Josip Burusic, Liesbet Boone, Marijana Šuvak-Martinović, Maritta Välimäki, Minna Anttila, Tali Heiman and Toni Babarović
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12(10), 1521-1534; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12100107 - 19 Oct 2022
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Positive body image (PBI) has received attention in the recent research literature. Despite this, its role in daily functioning in different cultural contexts, particularly its potential relationship with academic outcomes, is still lacking. This study aimed to offer an international perspective on the [...] Read more.
Positive body image (PBI) has received attention in the recent research literature. Despite this, its role in daily functioning in different cultural contexts, particularly its potential relationship with academic outcomes, is still lacking. This study aimed to offer an international perspective on the association between PBI and body mass index (BMI), perceived academic achievement, and educational aspirations, as well as the mediating role of self-esteem. A cross-national study was conducted in eight European countries with a total of 2653 female university students. Participants completed an online survey measuring PBI (conceptualized as body appreciation), self-esteem, perceived academic achievement and aspirations, and body mass index (BMI). Results revealed differences in PBI between countries (low magnitude). PBI correlated negatively with BMI in all national groups (low-to-moderate magnitude). Mediation analysis showed that self-esteem mediated the association between PBI and academic variables. Findings from this study suggest that building students’ self-esteem and PBI can be a suitable way to boost academic success. Full article
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Validation of the French Smoking Cessation Motivation Scale with French Smokers Using a Mobile App for Smoking Cessation
by Luz Adriana Bustamante and Lucia Romo
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12(8), 1179-1190; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12080082 - 19 Aug 2022
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To tailor and predict the outcomes of smoking cessation treatment, it is essential to identify the nature of motivation, as it is the basis for long-term change in healthy behaviors according to self-determination theory (SDT). The purpose of this study is to examine [...] Read more.
To tailor and predict the outcomes of smoking cessation treatment, it is essential to identify the nature of motivation, as it is the basis for long-term change in healthy behaviors according to self-determination theory (SDT). The purpose of this study is to examine the psychometric properties of the French Smoking Cessation Motivation Scale (F-SCMS). The factorial structure and the psychometric properties were assessed with French-speaking users who had started a 9-step preparation program through a mobile app for smoking cessation (n = 13,044). The results of the present study confirmed content validity (CFI = 0.905, SRMR = 0.045, RMSEA = 0.087) and good internal consistency (α = 0.86, ωh = 0.7, ωt = 0.89) with CFA. The convergent validity was very small, but there were highly significant positive correlations between the willingness and readiness to quit with integrated and intrinsic subscales (rs = 0.25–0.37, p < 0.001). The amotivation subscale significantly had no correlation with any degree of willingness (r = 0.01, p < 0.001), ability (r = 0.01, p < 0.001), and readiness to quit (r = 0.02, p < 0.001). This scale facilitates future research regarding the nature of motivation to quit smoking in the French-speaking population. Full article
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Medical Communication Perceived Self-Efficacy (ME-CO) Scale: Construction and Validation of a New Measuring Instrument from a Socio-Cognitive Perspective
by Vincenza Capone
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12(7), 765-780; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12070056 - 11 Jul 2022
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The study presents the validation of a scale measuring physicians’ efficacy beliefs about their ability to manage issues related to communication with patients. Specifically, the tool focused on three fundamental phases of the clinical interview: collecting information, returning information to patients, and creating [...] Read more.
The study presents the validation of a scale measuring physicians’ efficacy beliefs about their ability to manage issues related to communication with patients. Specifically, the tool focused on three fundamental phases of the clinical interview: collecting information, returning information to patients, and creating and maintaining a relationship with them. The research included two studies. Study 1 generated an item pool based on the literature review and developed a self-report questionnaire administered to a pilot sample of 150 physicians (MAge = 49.36; SD = 1.98). The responses were subjected to exploratory analysis. In total, 636 physicians (MAge = 47.99; SD = 8.68) took part in Study 2. Exploratory and confirmatory analyses yielded a final version of the tool consisting of an eight-factor structure with 31 items. Findings provided evidence of the robust psychometric properties of the scale and its usefulness in assessing physicians’ self-efficacy and defining effective interventions aimed at strengthening the doctors’ communication skills. The scale detected different aspects of physicians’ communication self-efficacy (asking questions, active listening, giving information, communicating an inauspicious diagnosis, non-verbal communication, recognition of patient’s clues and suggestions, information checking, and empathy). Full article
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Validity and Psychometric Properties of the ILO-WHO Workplace Stress Scale: A Study with Workers from the Canary Islands
by Juan Martinez Torvisco, Giuseppe Santisi, Alice Garofalo, Tiziana Ramaci and Massimiliano Barattucci
Eur. J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12(7), 677-691; https://doi.org/10.3390/ejihpe12070051 - 23 Jun 2022
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Occupational stress, as a negative facet, is a pervasive problem with significant implications for organizations, employees, welfare systems and health. The implementation of measurement tools that can capture the different organizational dimensions that determine stress in workers is part of the stress management [...] Read more.
Occupational stress, as a negative facet, is a pervasive problem with significant implications for organizations, employees, welfare systems and health. The implementation of measurement tools that can capture the different organizational dimensions that determine stress in workers is part of the stress management and troubleshooting strategy that every company must manage daily. The aim of the present study was to adapt and validate the 25-item version of the ILO-WHO stress scale by Ivancevich and Matteson in the context of the Canary Islands of Spain. The tool assesses specific organizational dimensions of work-related stress determinants: organizational climate and structure, leader influence, cohesion, territory, technology and group support. An exploratory factor analysis (EFA) on a sample of 1510 Canary Islands workers was carried out. The results indicate that the job stress scale revealed adequate psychometric properties, construct validity and internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha = 0.972), and it can be profitably used to measure stress. At the end of the paper, theoretical and practical implications are discussed. Full article
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