Special Issue "Health Promotion and Behavioral Epidemiology"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Emily A. Schmied
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Guest Editor
Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science in the School of Public Health, San Diego State University, 5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182, USA
Interests: health promotion; health behavior; mental health; sleep health; stigma; mental and physical comorbidities
Dr. Jennifer Sanchez-Flack
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Assistant Guest Editor
Institute for Health Research and Policy, University of Illinois at Chicago 1747 West Roosevelt Road, WROB 478, Chicago, IL 60608, USA
Interests: health and wellness; public health; health behavior and health education

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A guiding principle of public health is the acknowledgement that many diseases and disabilities are attributable, at least in part, to health-related behaviors. Accordingly, public health researchers and practitioners have long sought to investigate the myriad influences on health behavior, and to develop, implement, and disseminate health promotion programs designed to facilitate behavior change. This work is complicated by the fact that health behavior does not occur in a silo, and no one person or community shares the same influences; however, many programs have successfully identified and addressed barriers to behavior change in at-risk communities.

The purpose of this Special Issue, Health Promotion and Behavioral Epidemiology, is to highlight research that applies novel approaches to the study of health behavior (e.g., ecological momentary assessment, complex systems analysis) and/or the development and evaluation of health promotion programs. Papers on any health behavior and from any population are welcome, though papers that consider broader social, political, and environmental contexts of behavior are preferred. Please see the following list of key words and terms.

Dr. Emily A. Schmied
Dr. Jennifer Sanchez-Flack
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • health promotion
  • health behavior
  • interventions
  • behavioral determinants
  • social determinants of health
  • behavior change techniques

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Associations of Social Cohesion and Socioeconomic Status with Health Behaviours among Middle-Aged and Older Chinese People
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(9), 4894; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094894 - 04 May 2021
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Background: An understanding of factors associated with health behaviours is critical for the design of appropriate health promotion programmes. Important influences of social cohesion, education, and income on people’s health behaviours have been recognised in Western countries. However, little is known about [...] Read more.
Background: An understanding of factors associated with health behaviours is critical for the design of appropriate health promotion programmes. Important influences of social cohesion, education, and income on people’s health behaviours have been recognised in Western countries. However, little is known about these influences in the older Chinese population. Objective: To investigate associations of social cohesion and socioeconomic status (SES) with health behaviours among middle-aged and older adults in China. Methods: We used data from the World Health Organization’s Study on Global AGEing and Adult Health. Logistic regression and multivariate linear regression were performed. Results: Participants who reported greater social cohesion were more likely to have adequate vegetable and fruit (VF) consumption, be socially active, and less likely to smoke daily, but were not physically more active; participants with lower education levels were less likely to have adequate VF consumption and be socially active, and more likely to smoke daily; higher incomes were associated with decreased odds of daily smoking, increased odds of adequate VF consumption, increased likelihood to be socially active, but also less likelihood to have sufficient physical activity (PA). Associations of social cohesion and SES with health behaviours (smoking, PA, and VF consumption) differed between men and women. Discussion: Our findings are an essential step toward a fuller understanding of the roles of social cohesion and SES in protecting healthy behaviours among older adults. Full article
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The Airman’s Edge Project: A Peer-Based, Injury Prevention Approach to Preventing Military Suicide
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(6), 3153; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18063153 - 18 Mar 2021
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In light of data indicating military personnel are more likely to reach out to peers during times of need, peer-to-peer (P2P) support programs have been implemented for military suicide prevention. Often designed to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors by reducing mental health symptom [...] Read more.
In light of data indicating military personnel are more likely to reach out to peers during times of need, peer-to-peer (P2P) support programs have been implemented for military suicide prevention. Often designed to reduce suicidal thoughts and behaviors by reducing mental health symptom severity, existing data suggest that P2P programs have little to no effect on mental health symptoms. Conceptualizing suicide prevention from an occupational safety and injury prevention perspective to promote positive health-related behavior change at both the group and individual level may enhance the effectiveness of P2P programs and military suicide prevention efforts more broadly. To illustrate these concepts, the present article provides an overview of the Airman’s Edge project, a P2P program design based upon the occupational safety and injury prevention model of suicide prevention, and describes a program evaluation effort designed to test the effectiveness of this approach. Full article
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