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International Journal of Mental Health Promotion

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The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion (IJMHP) co-ordinates the dissemination of new research outcomes to all those involved in research, practice, and policymaking of mental health and mental health promotion, prevention and intervention program, together with mental disorder diagnosis and treatment. It was the first journal in the field and is essential reading for those with a personal or professional interest in this work.
Peer reviewed by an expert international board, the Journal is a comprehensive information resource which publishes material of distinction submitted by health services researchers, managers, health promotion professionals, educationalists, sociologists, health economists and practitioners, together with psychiatry and psychology researchers, clinical/medical staff from all branches of health and social care.Read More


    Be Called and Be Healthier: How Does Calling Influence Employees’Anxiety and Depression in the Workplace?

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 1-12, 2022, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2022.018624
    Abstract Despite limited studies have found the negative relationships between calling and mental health symptoms, its underlying mechanism is still unknown. Drawing on the conservation of resources theory (COR), this study developed the resources model that explains the relationships between career calling, anxiety and depression, and the underlying mechanism. With a sample of 628 employees from the two-wave survey, the theorized model was tested. The results showed that career calling was able to decrease the levels of employees’ anxiety and depression, and two important resources (i.e., personal growth, and meaningful work) provided explanatory mechanisms for the relationships. The findings highlight the… More >


    Meeting 24-h Movement Guidelines is Related to Better Academic Achievement: Findings from the YRBS 2019 Cycle

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 13-24, 2022, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2021.017660
    Abstract This research is designed to investigate the relationship between the 24-h movement guidelines (24-HMG) and self-reported academic achievement (AA) using nationally representative data derived from the 2019 U.S. National Youth Risk Behaviour Survey. A multiple-stage cluster sampling procedure has been adopted to ensure a representative sample (N = 9127 adolescents; mean age = 15.7 years old; male% = 49.8%). Logistic regression has been adopted to obtain the odds ratio (OR) regarding the associations between adherence to 24-HMG and AA while controlling for ethnicity, body mass index, sex and age. The prevalence of meeting the 24-h movement guidelines in isolation and… More >


    Can Social Media be Used to Control Academic Stress? An Application of the Theory of Planned Behavior

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 25-38, 2022, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2021.017343
    Abstract The present study was conducted aiming at investigating the effect of social media-based intervention according to the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to control the academic stress of the students. This study comes in two descriptive and quasi-experimental sections in the Academic Year 2018–19. In order to determine the effect of planned behavioral constructs on stress levels, the descriptive study was conducted on 320 students. The quasiexperimental study was organized to determine the effect of a social media-based educational intervention on the TPB on 180 students. Data collection was conducted through questionnaires of personal information, Gadzella’s Student-Life Stress Inventory, and… More >


    The Influence of Body Investment on Depression in Chinese College Students: A Moderated Mediating Effect

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 39-50, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.019635
    Abstract An individual’s perception, attitude, feeling and behavior about their body are important factors for mental health (depression). This study aims to explore the impact of body investment on depression, and the role of self-efficacy and self-esteem in this connection. A hypothetical model about the relationship between body investment, selfefficacy, self-esteem and depression was tested. Using convenient sampling methods, a self-rated cross-sectional survey comprised of paper-based and online modes was conducted among 1,164 college students in Yunnan Province, China from July 2021 to August 2021. The data collection used the body investment scale, self-efficacy scale, self-esteem scale and depression scale. The… More >


    Digital Social and Emotional Literacy Intervention for Vulnerable Children in Brazil: Participants’ Experiences

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 51-67, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.015706
    Abstract Social emotional literacy (SEL) interventions are widely implemented through schools, with growing evidence for a range of positive child outcomes. Increasingly, such interventions are delivered on online platforms. To date, there is limited evidence about digital SEL interventions in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). The aim of this study was to explore the perceptions and experiences of children, parents and facilitator of the potential value of addressing SEL via tailored digital intervention. The intervention was designed to help children, in Brazil, to cope during the first COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. The intervention was delivered via a digital platform to groups of… More >


    The Impact of Spiritual Leadership on Employee’s Work Engagement–A Study Based on the Mediating Effect of Goal Self-Concordance and Self-Efficacy

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 69-84, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.018932
    Abstract The average stress of people in China’s workplace is reaching the peak in recent two years. To improve employee’s positive psychological factors, Spiritual leadership has a good performance in this regard. Based on the mediating effect of goal self-concordance and self-efficacy, this paper further studies the impact of spiritual leadership on employee’s work engagement. Through the empirical study, the following conclusions are drawn: (1) Spiritual leadership significantly positively affects the employee’s work engagement. (2) Spiritual leadership has a significant positive effect on goal self-concordance and self-efficacy. (3) Goal self-concordance and self-efficacy have significant positive effects on employee’s work engagement. (4)… More >


    Efficacy of a Community-Based Trauma Recovery Program after a Fire Disaster

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 85-94, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.018017
    Abstract As industries develop, fire disasters and their associated damage are increasing. Investigating the mental health of victims is imperative because this is an essential issue for community recovery after a disaster. This study was conducted to determine the efficacy of a program implemented by a community mental health center based on the investigation of the victims’ depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) levels immediately after the disaster and at one-year follow-up. As a result, victims’ depression and PTSD recovered over time, and more changes were confirmed. In particular, the high-risk group for PTSD showed a high program participation rate, and… More >


    Effect of Social Media Celebrities on Children’s Satisfaction with Their Body Image

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 95-114, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.015169
    Abstract This study investigated the impact of social media and media on children’s body satisfaction in early childhood. The effect of social media and media on children’s body image and differences between girls’ and boys’ acceptance of their body image were explored. A questionnaire and an illustrated body satisfaction scale were distributed to a sample of 491 children in Saudi Arabia (246 girls, 245 boys) aged 5–7 years. The results revealed differences between children’s responses to the illustrated body satisfaction scale and questionnaire. Questionnaire data revealed children were satisfied with their body image (91.4%, standard deviation [SD] 0.53), skin color (91.2%,… More >


    Sense of Family Coherence in Parents of (Sub) Optimally Developing Children

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 115-127, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.017859
    Abstract The theoretical basis of the paper is Aron Antonovsky’s salutogenetic model of health, which is based on the salutogenic orientation and the sense of coherence understood as the central concept and the most important resource. The primary aim of the study is to determine the strength of the sense of family coherence in parents of optimally developing children and in parents of suboptimally developing children and their correlation with: family satisfaction and family orientation to crisis situations. The study was done using parents (N = 394) sampled from the population of the Republic of Serbia. Questionnaire for Obtaining Basic Data,… More >


    Public Square Dancing Intervention on Subjective Well-Being of Middle-Aged and Elderly People: A Meta-Analysis

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.1, pp. 129-142, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.016671
    Abstract Objective: To understand the influence of public square dancing on the subjective well-being of middle-aged and elderly people. Methods: According to the principle of Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, we search Chinese databases, such as CNKI, Wanfang Data, and VIP, and English databases, such as Proquest, Web of Science, Pubmed, Cochrane, and ScienceDirect, and collect relevant articles at home and abroad from 2006 to December 2019 for meta-analysis in January 2020. Result: A total of 10 articles were included. The meta-analysis results showed that the well-being of middle-aged and elderly people in the public square… More >


    The Impact of COVID-19 on Spanish Health Professionals: A Description of Physical and Psychological Effects

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.3, pp. 185-198, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.011615
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Psychological assistance for public during the pandemic of COVID-19)
    Abstract Aim: To describe the physical and psychological symptoms in healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients. Methods: Cross-sectional descriptive study design. A sample of 1,452 participants was collected. Sociodemographic data were recorded. Symptoms of anxiety were screened with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD-7), symptoms of depression were measured with the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), and finally physical symptoms were measured using the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-15). Percentages, means and standard deviations, the one-way and two-way ANOVA test, the Chi square test and Pearson’s correlation coefficient were all calculated. The level of significance was (p < 0.05). Results: Medium levels of anxiety (range,… More >


    Why Ignore the Dark Side of Social Media? A Role of Social Media in Spreading Corona-Phobia and Psychological Well-Being

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.1, pp. 29-38, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.011115
    Abstract Coronaviruses are a category of associated viruses that trigger disease in mammals and birds. Human coronaviruses have been identified including severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (SARS-CoV) in 2003, human coronavirus NL63 (HCoV NL63) in 2004, human coronavirus HKU1 (HKU1) in 2005, Middle East respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus (MERSCoV) in 2012, and severe acute respiratory syndrome-related coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) in December, 2019. This study aims to examine whether social media at residing/admittance in quarantine ward (due to corona virus pandemic disease) affects psychological health or not? We asked questions from 250 quarantined patients infected from coronavirus (restricted to quarantine ward) about their psychological… More >


    Reconstruction of Meaning in Life: Meaning Made during the Pandemic of COVID-19

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.3, pp. 173-184, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.011509
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Psychological assistance for public during the pandemic of COVID-19)
    Abstract Two studies were conducted to compare the differences between the source and significance of the meaning of life amongst Chinese people before and after the pandemic of COVID-19. In study 1, we have developed a scale regarding the Chinese Sources of Meaning in Life. By using this scale, we investigated people under COVID-19, and found six main sources of meaning in life: Autonomy, Family Responsibility, Social Responsibility, Religious Beliefs, Simpler Lifestyle as well as Joy and Wealth. In Study 2, we compared the scores of the source of life’s meaning shown in the two different samples regarding the situations before… More >


    Stress Coping of Chinese International Students in Face of COVID 19 Pandemic: Cultural Characteristics

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.3, pp. 159-172, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.011117
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Psychological assistance for public during the pandemic of COVID-19)
    Abstract The purpose of this study was to investigate the stress and coping strategy of Chinese International Students (CISs) during the epidemic, and to explore the relationship between identification with Chinese cultural beliefs and coping strategies, positive experience, negative emotion and need for psychological support. Two hundred and thirty CISs participated in the study by filling out a series of questionnaires that we designed. The series of questionnaires contained six scales: Pandemic Related Stress (PRS), Identification with Chinese Cultural Beliefs (ICCB), Stress Coping Strategy (SCS), Positive Experience (PE) and Negative Emotion (NE) and Need for Psychological Support (NPS). The results showed… More >


    Establishment of Online Platform for Psychological Assistance during a Public Health Emergency

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.3, pp. 123-132, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.011077
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Psychological assistance for public during the pandemic of COVID-19)
    Abstract The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is raging worldwide, seriously threatening the public’s mental health. Online platform for psychological assistance integrated various sources to promote the public’s mental health. This article, using the Mental Health Service Platform at Central China Normal University, Ministry of Education (MOE-CCNU-MHSP) as an example, aims to describe the experience of building an online platform for psychological assistance in a public health emergency and discuss the further development of the online mental health service platform so as to provide suggestions to enhance online psychological service delivery. More >


    Mental Status and Psychological Needs of Chinese Police Officers in a Highly Impacted City during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.3, pp. 149-157, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.011097
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Psychological assistance for public during the pandemic of COVID-19)
    Abstract The purpose of the study was to investigate the mental status and psychological needs of police officers during the COVID-19 outbreak in China. The Anti-Pandemic Public Mental Status Scale and self-administered Psychological Needs Scale were administered online to police officers in Y city, a significant sub-central city of Hubei Province, where was affected by the pandemic the most seriously. A total of 5,467 valid questionnaires were collected, of which female police accounted for 17.7%. Compared with the national public and Y city public data previously measured using the Anti-Pandemic Public Mental Status Scale, this study found that 24.6% of the… More >

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