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Nature Human Behaviour     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 56)
American Journal of Applied Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 55)
Annual Review of Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 52)
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience     Open Access   (Followers: 30)
Violence and Gender     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 23)
Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy     Open Access   (Followers: 21)
Behavior Analysis in Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Current Opinion in Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Current Addiction Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Social and Political Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
Journal of Music Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 14)
Autism's Own     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Case Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Journal of Gender-Based Violence     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Glossa Psycholinguistics     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Journal of Experimental Psychology : Animal Learning and Cognition     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Health Psychology Open     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Clinical Psychology and Special Education     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Couple and Family Psychology : Research and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Journal of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Mental Health     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Music Therapy Perspectives     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Addictive Behaviors Reports     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
International Journal of Yoga : Philosophy, Psychology and Parapsychology     Open Access   (Followers: 8)
Psychology of Consciousness : Theory, Research, and Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Psychomusicology : Music, Mind, and Brain     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Asian American Journal of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Contemporary School Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 7)
Qualitative Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Creativity. Theories ? Research ? Applications     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Cultural-Historical Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Review of Behavioral Economics     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Internet Interventions : The application of information technology in mental and behavioural health     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Decision     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Behavior Analyst     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Evolutionary Psychological Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Journal of Behavioral Addictions     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Cognitive Historiography     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Individual Psychology     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Porn Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Journal of Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
OA Autism     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Social Psychology and Society     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Cognitive Research : Principles and Implications     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Counselling and Values     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Revista Científica Arbitrada de la Fundación MenteClara     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Archives of Scientific Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Drama Therapy Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Psyke & Logos     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
International Journal of Educational and Psychological Researches     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Voices : A World Forum for Music Therapy     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
SUCHT - Zeitschrift für Wissenschaft und Praxis / Journal of Addiction Research and Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
African Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and Sport Facilitation     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Journal of Amateur Sport     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Psychology and Law     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Phenomenology and Mind     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Spirituality in Clinical Practice     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Nigerian Journal of Guidance and Counselling     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Lebenswelt : Aesthetics and philosophy of experience     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Behavioral Development Bulletin     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Research in Psychology and Behavioral Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Couple and Family Psychoanalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Multisensory Research     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Social Action : The Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology     Free   (Followers: 2)
European Journal of Behavior Analysis     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Language and Text     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Social Inclusion     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
International Review of Social Psychology / Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Inquiry : Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Journal of Dynamic Decision Making     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Phenomenology & Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Sexual Offending : Theory, Research, and Prevention     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Voices : The Art and Science of Psychotherapy     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Jurnal Psikologi Pendidikan dan Konseling : Jurnal Kajian Psikologi Pendidikan dan Bimbingan Konseling     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Acta de Investigación Psicológica     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Psychosomatic Medicine and General Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Numerical Cognition     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Art Therapy Association     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Quantitative Methods for Psychology     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Wawasan     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Zeitschrift für Gerontopsychologie und -psychiatrie     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Psicologia e Saber Social     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Pragmatic Case Studies in Psychotherapy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Psychological Science and Education     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Psychological Science and Education psyedu.ru     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Activités     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Mind and Medical Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Educational, Cultural and Psychological Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Addiction & Prevention     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Russian Psychological Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Epiphany     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Neuropsychoanalysis : An Interdisciplinary Journal for Psychoanalysis and the Neurosciences     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Zeitschrift für Pädagogische Psychologie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Zeitschrift für Kinder- und Jugendpsychiatrie und Psychotherapie     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Canadian Journal of Art Therapy : Research, Practice, and Issues     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Tempo Psicanalitico     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
FLEKS : Scandinavian Journal of Intercultural Theory and Practice     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Undecidable Unconscious : A Journal of Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Brain Informatics     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Journal of Psychology in Africa     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Revista de Estudios e Investigación en Psicología y Educación     Open Access  
Persona Studies     Open Access  
Indigenous : Jurnal Ilmiah Psikologi     Open Access  
Intuisi : Jurnal Psikologi Ilmiah     Open Access  
Setting     Full-text available via subscription  
Revista de Psicologia     Open Access  
Behaviormetrika     Hybrid Journal  
European Yearbook of the History of Psychology     Full-text available via subscription  
Interacciones. Revista de Avances en Psicología     Open Access  
Psicologia     Open Access  
Journal für Psychoanalyse     Open Access  
Siglo Cero. Revista Española sobre Discapacidad Intelectual     Open Access  
Miscelánea Comillas. Revista de Ciencias Humanas y Sociales     Open Access  
New School Psychology Bulletin     Open Access  
TESTFÓRUM     Open Access  
S : Journal of the Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique     Open Access  
International Journal of Psychoanalysis and Education     Open Access  
Quaderns de Psicologia     Open Access  
Satir International Journal     Open Access  
Mudanças - Psicologia da Saúde     Open Access  
Journal of Creating Value     Full-text available via subscription  
Tajdida : Jurnal Pemikiran dan Gerakan Muhammadiyah     Open Access  
Estudos Interdisciplinares em Psicologia     Open Access  
Psychologie du Travail et des Organisations     Hybrid Journal  
Cendekia : Jurnal Kependidikan dan Kemasyarakatan     Open Access  
Visnyk of NTUU - Philosophy. Psychology. Pedagogics     Open Access  
Revista Costarricense de Psicología     Open Access  
Informes Psicológicos     Open Access  
Jurnal Psikologi     Open Access  
Zeitschrift für Differentielle und Diagnostische Psychologie     Full-text available via subscription  
Klart språk i Norden     Open Access  
Revista Pequén     Open Access  
Pensando Psicología     Open Access  
Ciencias Psicológicas     Open Access  
Revista de Cultura Teológica     Open Access  
Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology     Open Access  
Experimental Psychology (Russia)     Open Access  
Elpis - Czasopismo Teologiczne Katedry Teologii Prawosławnej Uniwersytetu w Białymstoku     Open Access  
International Journal of Comparative Psychology     Open Access  
Гуманітарний вісник Запорізької державної інженерної академії     Open Access  
Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología     Open Access  
Cogent Psychology     Open Access  
Ajayu Órgano de Difusión Científica del Departamento de Psicología UCBSP     Open Access  
Psicologia     Open Access  
Análise Psicológica     Open Access  
Rivista Internazionale di Filosofia e Psicologia     Open Access  
Facta Universitatis, Series : Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History     Open Access  
Universal Journal of Psychology     Open Access  
Revista Internacional de Psicologia     Open Access  
Terapia familiare     Full-text available via subscription  
Studi Junghiani     Full-text available via subscription  
Ruolo Terapeutico (IL)     Full-text available via subscription  
Rivista Sperimentale di Freniatria     Full-text available via subscription  
Rivista di Psicoterapia Relazionale     Full-text available via subscription  
Ricerche di psicologia     Full-text available via subscription  
Ricerca Psicoanalitica : Journal of the Relationship in Psychoanalysis     Open Access  
Quaderni di Gestalt     Full-text available via subscription  
Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane     Full-text available via subscription  
Psicologia di Comunità. Gruppi, ricerca-azione, modelli formativi     Full-text available via subscription  
Psicologia della salute     Full-text available via subscription  
Psicobiettivo     Full-text available via subscription  
Psicoanalisi     Full-text available via subscription  
Ipnosi     Full-text available via subscription  
Interazioni     Full-text available via subscription  
Gruppi     Full-text available via subscription  
Forum : Journal of the International Association of Group Psychoterapy     Full-text available via subscription  
Educazione sentimentale     Full-text available via subscription  
Revista Wímb Lu     Open Access  
International Perspectives in Psychology : Research, Practice, Consultation     Full-text available via subscription  
Lernen und Lernstörungen     Hybrid Journal  
Inkanyiso : Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences     Open Access  
Online Readings in Psychology and Culture     Open Access  
Winnicott e-prints     Open Access  
Trivium : Estudos Interdisciplinares     Open Access  
Temas em Psicologia     Open Access  
Stylus (Rio de Janeiro)     Open Access  
Salud & Sociedad: investigaciones en psicologia de la salud y psicologia social     Open Access  
Revista Psicopedagogia     Open Access  
Revista Psicologia Política     Open Access  
Revista Psicologia e Saúde     Open Access  
Revista Psicologia     Open Access  
Revista Mexicana de Orientación Educativa     Open Access  
Revista do NUFEN     Open Access  
Revista de Etologia     Open Access  
Revista da SPAGESP     Open Access  
Revista da SBPH     Open Access  
Revista da Abordagem Gestáltica     Open Access  

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European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
Number of Followers: 5  

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ISSN (Print) 2174-8144 - ISSN (Online) 2254-9625
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  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1244-1256: Effects of Eight-Week Circuit Training
           with Core Exercises on Performance in Adult Male Soccer Players

    • Authors: Guido Belli, Sofia Marini, Mario Mauro, Pasqualino Maietta Latessa, Stefania Toselli
      First page: 1244
      Abstract: Core exercises have been widely promoted in the last 25 years. However, the scientific debate about its efficacy for improving individual and team sports performance is still open. Thus, the present study aims to investigate the effects of circuit training with a core exercise program on physical performance in competitive amateur soccer players. The training was conducted during the off-season period, two times per week for 8 weeks. Pre- and post-evaluations were conducted using the following tests: Y-Balance Test (YB), standing long jump (SLJ), medicine ball chest press (MBC), curl-up (CU), and Illinois Agility Test (IAT). A total of 19 adults were divided into an experimental group (EG, n = 11, age 22 years, weight 71.2 ± 4.8 kg, height 174 ± 5.8 cm) and a control group (CG, n = 8, age 22 years, weight 73.2 ± 4.1 Kg, height 176 ± 6.3 cm). The EG showed significant improvements in lower and upper body strength, core endurance and balance, whereas the CG did not report significant changes in the pre- and post-test comparison. Despite study limitations, our positive results show that circuit training with core exercises appears to be a good strategy for performance improvement in adult soccer players.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090086
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1257-1271: Tumblr Facts: Antecedents of
           Self-Disclosure across Different Social Networking Sites

    • Authors: Marcella Bianchi, Rosa Fabbricatore, Daniela Caso
      First page: 1257
      Abstract: Previous research investigating antecedents of online self-disclosure pointed out two perspectives: social compensation and enhancement hypotheses, showing controversial findings. Furthermore, most contributions have focused on social networking sites (SNSs) considered mainstream, like Facebook and Instagram, and such results are often considered universally valid for all SNSs. Tumblr is a less-studied SNS with peculiar features—such as anonymity, higher control over the presentation of personal aspects, supportive communities—that could particularly lead individuals to self-disclose. As prior contributions highlighted that the features and affordances could define how a medium will be used, this paper aims to investigate the antecedents of online self-disclosure on Tumblr and other mainstream SNSs. We run a survey on 559 Tumblr users (aged 13–70; M = 28.86; SD = 12.34). T-test showed that Tumblr users have a higher willingness to self-disclose on Tumblr compared to another SNSs (t = 22.44, p < 0.001). A path analysis model confirmed the predictive role of some psychological variables on self-disclosure on Tumblr but not on mainstream SNSs. In particular, self-disclosure on Tumblr was predicted by self-esteem, negative emotionality, and preference for online social interactions, which was in turn predicted by social anxiety. These findings partially supported both social compensation and enhancement hypotheses, indicating that the phenomenon is more complex than expected.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090087
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1272-1284: Mathematics Teachers’
           Encouragement of Their Students’ Metacognitive Processes

    • Authors: Wajeeh Daher, Iman Hashash
      First page: 1272
      Abstract: Researchers have conducted little research into teachers’ practices to encourage their students’ metacognition. The present research attempted to address this issue quantitatively by suggesting a questionnaire that measured teachers’ encouragement of students’ planning, monitoring, regulating, and evaluating. We present the results of the validity and reliability of the questionnaire. In addition, using a one-sample t-test, the results of the research revealed “normal”, “good”, and “very good” levels of teachers’ encouragement of their students’ metacognitive practices. The present research utilized an independent-sample t-test to investigate the significance of the difference in teachers’ metacognitive practices due to gender and to academic qualification. The results indicated that the metacognitive practices for male and female teachers were significantly different in planning and regulating, while the differences were not significant in monitoring and evaluating. In addition, the research results indicated that the participating teachers’ practices related to students’ metacognitive processes did not differ significantly due to the teachers’ academic qualification. When utilizing a one-way ANOVA test to investigate the significance of the difference in teachers’ metacognitive practices due to years of experience, this difference was not significant for any of the factors of metacognitive practices.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090088
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1285-1299: Dispositional Resilience as Mediator in
           Psychological Stress on Healthcare Workers: A Multi-Group Analysis of
           Frontline and Non-Frontline Workers

    • Authors: Silvia Platania, Stefania Valeria Gruttadauria, Martina Morando
      First page: 1285
      Abstract: The experiences of healthcare workers (HCWs) during COVID-19 have been characterized by psychological symptoms such as stress, anxiety and depression, compassion fatigue and post-traumatic stress, which are long-lasting. The general picture of HCWs, especially frontline workers, is that of a physically and psychologically exhausted group. The aim of the study was to examine the potential mediating role of dispositional resilience in the impact of depression, anxiety and stress on professional quality of life among HCWs during the pandemic period. We also investigated possible differences between the frontline and non-frontline HCWs. The study enrolled 487 participants from public Italian hospitals. The variables of stress and anxiety predicted all factors related to professional quality of life, against depression which positively predicted only burnout and secondary traumatic Stress. Resilience was an important mediator in all these paths and the multigroup analysis suggested statistically significant differences between frontline and non-frontline HCWs. Results emphasised the importance of caring and concern for frontline HCWs to improve their quality of life, satisfaction and have positive impacts on the quality of service and care provided. There is a need to reflect on the necessity to develop projects and protocols that address health emergencies in advance.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-02
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090089
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1300-1310: Moral Disengagement, Dark Triad and Face
           Mask Wearing during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Authors: Gina Chávez-Ventura, Henry Santa-Cruz-Espinoza, Julio Domínguez-Vergara, Nancy Negreiros-Mora
      First page: 1300
      Abstract: Not wearing a face mask, despite the sanitary recommendation, represented a public health risk during the COVID-19 pandemic. For this reason, the aim of the study was to determine the mediating role of moral disengagement in the relationship between the dark triad and face mask wearing during the second wave of the pandemic. We worked with a sample made up of 534 adults, who were administered the Dirty Dozen Dark test, the Moral Disengagement Mechanisms Scale and a questionnaire on the frequency of use of face masks. The results showed that moral disengagement mediates the effect of each trait of the dark triad (Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism) on the use of face masks. It is concluded that those who possess any of the dark personality traits morally disengage in order not to use a face mask, exercising a reckless behavior of the possible contagion of COVID-19 to others.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-02
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090090
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1311-1322: Impact of Digital Literacy and
           Problematic Smartphone Use on Life Satisfaction: Comparing Pre- and
           Post-COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Authors: Busra Taskin, Chiho Ok
      First page: 1311
      Abstract: Although the impact of digital literacy (DL) and problematic smartphone use (PSU) on life satisfaction was verified in previous literature, little is known about how the impact of two given variables can be differentiated during the COVID-19 pandemic situation. Thus, the purpose of this study was to empirically analyze whether the influence of DL and PSU on life satisfaction has changed as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. We applied a cross-sectional study design to analyze data obtained from a nationwide survey on smartphone overdependence conducted in 2019 and 2020 by the South Korean Ministry of Science and ICT and the National Information Society Agency. Large-scale data obtained from 41,883 individuals were analyzed using hierarchical regression analysis. The results show that the positive relationship between digital literacy and life satisfaction was further strengthened post-COVID-19 rather than pre-COVID-19. In addition, the results suggest that the negative relationship between PSU and life satisfaction is further strengthened during post-COVID-19 rather than pre-COVID-19. The findings indicate that the roles of digital literacy and PSU are more important after the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-05
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090091
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1323-1333: Computer System for the Capture and
           Preparation of Cytopathological Reports for Cervical Cancer Detection and
           His Utility in Training for Health Personnel

    • Authors: Sandra Olimpia Gutiérrez-Enríquez, Miriam Celeste Guerrero-Zacarías, Cuauhtémoc Oros-Ovalle, Yolanda Terán-Figueroa, Jorge Martín Acuña-Aradillas
      First page: 1323
      Abstract: Health information systems and training are tools that support process management. The current study describes the results of the implementation of technological innovation in the process of the capture and preparation of cytopathological reports. The electronic system was structured based on national standards regarding cervical cancer control. PHP was used to design the software and MYSQL was used for the structure of the database. The total number of health personnel assigned to the cytology department participated, along with a pathologist, who made the records of the patients who came for cervical cytology to a university health center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. The system was evaluated based on the indicators of structure, process, and results. Structure: comply with the official Mexican regulations for the registration of cervical cancer and electronic health information systems. Process: all records were legible and accurate, with varying percentages of completeness in the patient identification sections (46%) and alternate contact data (80%). Result: percentages above 80% were obtained in the satisfaction of the professionals who used the system. The system was effective as it yielded readable and accurate data that made the process of information capture and delivery of cervical screening results more efficient and faster.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-06
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090092
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1334-1348: Sociodemographic and Digital Education
           Factors Are Associated to General Health, Coping Strategies, and Academic
           Outcomes of Undergraduate Students during the Post-Pandemic Period

    • Authors: Luigi Tinella, Andrea Tinterri, Anna Dipace, Manuela Ladogana, Isabella Loiodice, Andrea Bosco
      First page: 1334
      Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic suddenly and forever changed the lives of many undergraduate students around the globe, forcing them to switch to online learning while undergoing social confinement within their homes. It is now well-established that this prolonged period of uncertainty impacted students’ well-being, health, and academic achievement. However, how student-related factors, such as coping strategies as well as sociodemographic, contextual, and technological variables, are linked to digital education factors is currently less understood. Using multiple regression analysis, this study investigates the results of an online questionnaire administered to students from two universities in southern Italy, differing in positioning and size, as well as policies and attitude towards digital learning. The results of this study show the positive effects of expertise with digital devices and university digital learning policies on students’ perceived general health. Conversely, isolation and lack of relational connectedness negatively impacted students’ health. Furthermore, this study highlights the role of different coping strategies, demonstrating that active forms of coping have a positive effect on students’ health, whereas avoidance strategies have the opposite effect. Taken together, this study provides crucial links between the many factors influencing students’ experience with online learning and health, and provides useful indications to promote the uptake of and adaptation to online learning.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-06
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090093
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1349-1357: Anticipatory Anxiety, Familiarization,
           and Performance: Finding the Sweet Spot to Optimize High-Quality Data
           Collection and Minimize Subject Burden

    • Authors: Aspen E. Streetman, Aidan K. Lewis, Elizabeth L. Rogers, Katie M. Heinrich, Justin A. DeBlauw
      First page: 1349
      Abstract: Accurate baseline data are essential for researchers to determine an intervention’s effects yet may be affected by anticipatory anxiety and assessment familiarity. Familiarization sessions help establish accurate baseline data. High-intensity functional training (HIFT) elicits performance outcomes based on constantly varied workouts. It is unclear how familiarization affects anticipatory anxiety and workout performance among HIFT novices. Familiarization was hypothesized to decrease anxiety and improve workout performance. Sixteen college-aged subjects (62.5% women, 20.2 ± 1.14 years) completed one introductory and four sessions of the same workout. All subjects were recreationally trained with no HIFT experience. State and trait anxiety were assessed at the first session. During the workout sessions, state anxiety (SQALS) was assessed upon arrival at the gym (SQALS 1), after learning the workout protocol (SQALS 2), and when the workout concluded (SQALS 3). A significant main effect of the number of previous sessions on workout performance was observed (p = 0.011). A repeated-measures ANOVA showed a main effect of time on SQALS 1 (p < 0.001), SQALS 2 (p < 0.001), and SQALS 3 (p < 0.001). Our results suggest implementing two familiarization sessions for our HIFT-based workout was sufficient to decrease anxiety and establish a baseline measurement. Future research should examine if this remains true for other types of HIFT-based workouts.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-09
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090094
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1358-1368: REATIVA: An Efficient Health Promotion
           Program during Retirement Transition

    • Authors: Helena Loureiro, Margarida Silva, Ana Paula Camarneiro, Ana Teresa Pedreiro, Aida Mendes
      First page: 1358
      Abstract: Retirement is a major life transition in adulthood that can cause vulnerability in individuals and their families. REATIVA is a face-to-face health intervention program that aims to promote the perception of self-efficacy and facilitate the transition to retirement of individuals and families. This article presents the efficiency of this program. A quasi-experimental study was conducted on 56 new retirees and families enrolled in the Portuguese National Health Service. The efficiency of the program was evaluated with the General Self-Efficacy (GSE) scale, which assesses self-efficacy, and the Retirement Adaptation Perception (EPFAR) scale, which assesses the perception of adaptation to retirement. The data were processed in IBM SPSS 27 software. An average positive change was found regarding the GSE and EPFAR in all participants of the REATIVA program. Notably, the MANOVA test with Greenhouse–Geisser correction revealed a significant effect of the program over time in the EPFAR scale (F = 17.405, p = 0.001; η2 = 0.554; PO = 0.982). The REATIVA program was found to be efficient in the promotion of individual and family health during the transition to retirement as an active and healthy aging process. New methodologies and intervention strategies were identified that could improve the efficacy of the program; namely, the involvement of more family members and using a blended approach.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-11
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090095
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1369-1390: Evaluation of an Online Course Promoting
           Health and Wellbeing for University Students and Employees

    • Authors: Federico Ricci, Alberto Modenese, Fabriziomaria Gobba, Isabella Morlini
      First page: 1369
      Abstract: Published studies dealing with health promotion activities, such as the improvement of physical activity and healthy eating, for workers and students prove the effectiveness of these preventive interventions. The consequent benefits include better prevention of cardiovascular risk and an improvement in quality of life. Considering this, an intervention aimed at promoting healthy eating and non-sedentary lifestyles has been implemented within an Italian university: the aim of the present research is to evaluate its effectiveness. The intervention consisted of a targeted asynchronous e-learning two-hour course on healthy eating and non-sedentary lifestyles. The attendants were 2004 university students and employees. We conducted two surveys before and after the training intervention, and, through the responses obtained, we evaluated the effectiveness of the intervention. We applied different statistical methods, including unpaired t-tests and nonparametric tests, principal components and cluster analysis. Our results indicate that the post-training knowledge has been significantly improved, compared to that pre-training (7.3 vs. 8.7, p < 0.001). Moreover, the whole sample showed an improved awareness of the importance of healthy behaviors, and perception of the University as an institution promoting a healthy lifestyle. Through the principal components analysis, we identified a unidimensional latent factor named “health and behaviors”. The cluster analysis highlighted that the sub-group reporting the lowest scores at the survey before the training was the one with the highest improvement after the intervention. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first Italian study testing, before and after a health promotion intervention, the knowledge and the attitudes and behaviors towards healthy lifestyles of a group of students and workers. Moreover, we also evaluated the pre- and post-intervention perceived health status, as well as the level of engagement of the attendants, with respect to their colleagues and management in an educational institution promoting wellbeing. The conclusions of our study support the need for further adoption of health promotion training interventions, similar to the one we performed, in order to improve healthy eating and non-sedentary behaviors among workers and students.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-12
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090096
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1391-1414: The Athletic Identity Measurement Scale:
           A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis from 1993 to 2021

    • Authors: Marc Lochbaum, Sydney Cooper, Sara Limp
      First page: 1391
      Abstract: Sport psychology embraced the study of athletic identity in the 1990s. The Athletic Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS) is at the forefront of athletic identity measurement. This quantitative review examined two hypotheses: individual who are most engaged in sports identify most as athletes and thus score higher on the AIMS, and athletic identity relates to positive (e.g., intrinsic motivation) and negative (negative emotions) factors. In addition to our two hypotheses, we explored whether the AIMS subscales influenced our two hypotheses. After completing a systematic search of SPORTDiscus, APA PsycINFO, ERIC, and Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection APA within the EBSCOhost platform along with some hand searching, 101 articles published between 1993 and our end date of August 2021 met the inclusion criteria. The included studies investigated 20,498 athletes competing in a variety of sports from the following continents: Australia, Asia, Europe, and North America. We based all analyses on random- and mixed-effects statistics. Higher-achieving athletes, as expected, self-reported a higher degree of athletic identity. The differences between athlete groups were significant (p < 0.001) and meaningful (g values ranged from 1.55 to 1.93). The AIMS total score correlations with positive and negative factors (correlates) were small in magnitude (r = 0.22 and 0.17). However, the relationships differed across correlate subcategories (e.g., intrinsic motivation/commitment, r = 0.51, and body issues, r = 0.14). Minimal AIMS subscale reporting occurred across the 101 studies; thus, we could not assess their importance with certainty. In conclusion, a higher degree of athletic identity related to valued sport correlates such as intrinsic motivation/commitment and the mastery goal orientation. These correlations were small in relation to negative or less desirable factors in sport such as body disorder issues and negative emotions. We recommend future research of greater complexity and the reporting of athletes’ competitive backgrounds to understand athletic identity. In addition, researchers should report AIMS subscale data.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-14
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090097
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1415-1426: Dehumanization as a Response to Uncivil
           and Immoral Behaviors

    • Authors: Laura Rodríguez-Gómez, Naira Delgado, Armando Rodríguez-Pérez, Ramón Rodríguez-Torres, Verónica Betancor
      First page: 1415
      Abstract: Theoretical approaches to dehumanization consider civility to be an attribute of human uniqueness (HU). However, studies that explore the links between civility and humanness are scarce. More precisely, the present research tests whether there is a consistent relationship between civility and HU. Method and results: The first study (N = 192; Mage = 19.91; SD = 2.70; 69% women) shows that individuals infer more HU traits in the agents of civil behaviors compared to agents of other positive behaviors that are not related to civility. The second study (N = 328; Mage = 19.69; SD = 3.65; 77% women) reveals that uncivil and immoral behaviors displayed a similar pattern of inference of HU traits; however, moral behaviors were more associated with human nature than civil behaviors. Conclusions: Overall, results confirmed that civil behaviors facilitate the inference of humanness, specifically of HU traits, and that civil and moral behaviors are not equivalent in terms of the human inferences to which they lead.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-15
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090098
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1427-1440: Decoding Emotion in Drug Abusers:
           Evidence for Face and Body Emotion Recognition and for Disgust Emotion

    • Authors: Natale Salvatore Bonfiglio, Roberta Renati, Gabriella Bottini
      First page: 1427
      Abstract: Background: Different drugs damage the frontal cortices, particularly the prefrontal areas involved in both emotional and cognitive functions, with a consequence of decoding emotion deficits for people with substance abuse. The present study aimed to explore the cognitive impairments in drug abusers through facial, body and disgust emotion recognition, expanding the investigation of emotions processing, measuring accuracy and response velocity. Methods: We enrolled 13 addicted to cocaine and 12 alcohol patients attending treatment services in Italy, comparing them with 33 matched controls. Facial emotion and body posture recognition tasks, a disgust rating task and the Barrat Impulsivity Scale were included in the experimental assessment. Results: We found that emotional processes are differently influenced by cocaine and alcohol, suggesting that these substances impact diverse cerebral systems. Conclusions: Drug abusers seem to be less accurate on elaboration of facial, body and disgust emotions. Considering that the participants were not cognitively impaired, our data support the hypothesis that emotional impairments emerge independently from the damage of cognitive functions.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-09-17
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12090099
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 9 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 882-892: Regional Lean Soft Tissue and
           Intracellular Water Are Associated with Changes in Lower-Body
           Neuromuscular Performance: A Pilot Study in Elite Soccer Players

    • Authors: Tindaro Bongiovanni, Grant Tinsley, Giulia Martera, Carmine Orlandi, Federico Genovesi, Giuseppe Puleo, Alessio Rossi, Athos Trecroci
      First page: 882
      Abstract: The assessment of body composition over a competitive season provides valuable information that can help sports professionals to evaluate the efficacy of training and nutritional strategies, as well as monitoring athletes’ health status. The purpose of this study was to examine the association of changes in body composition and hydration status with changes in lower-body neuromuscular performance in soccer. Twenty-two male professional soccer players (mean ± SD; age: 26.4 ± 4.8 years; height: 184.3 ± 5.7 cm; body mass: 81.1 ± 6.5 kg; body fat: 11.6 ± 1.5%) took part in the study, for which they were tested at the initial and final stage of the competitive season. Total (whole body) and regional (arms and legs) lean soft tissue (LST) were estimated to obtain the body composition profile. Total body water (TBW) content, including extracellular (ECW) and intracellular (ICW) water, was obtained to monitor players’ hydration status. Countermovement jump (CMJ) height, power, and strength were used to derive players’ lower-body neuromuscular performance. The results showed that changes in legs LST and ICW significantly (p < 0.01) explained (r2 = 0.39) the improvements in CMJ height, power, and strength from the initial to the final stage of the season. Given the high demand imposed on the lower limbs during a soccer season, being more susceptible to change compared to whole-body LST, assessing regional LST and ICW would be more appropriate to provide extended information on players’ readiness.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-22
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080064
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 893-903: Validity of the Computerized Battery for
           Neuropsychological Evaluation of Children (BENCI) in Spanish Children:
           Preliminary Results

    • Authors: Manuel Fernández-Alcántara, Natalia Albaladejo-Blázquez, María Inmaculada Fernández-Ávalos, Miriam Sánchez-SanSegundo, Francisco Cruz-Quintana, Vanesa Pérez-Martínez, Claudia Carrasco-Sánchez, María Nieves Pérez-Marfil
      First page: 893
      Abstract: Study of the neurodevelopment of children is vital to promote good quality of life during childhood. Few batteries showing adequate reliability and validity indices are available to evaluate the different neuropsychological domains. The objective of this study was to obtain initial evidence on the validity of the Computerized Battery for Neuropsychological Evaluation of Children (BENCI) in a Spanish population. To assess the validity of the BENCI battery and other measures of task switching, abstract reasoning, linguistic abilities, processing speed, and attention were used. The sample was composed of a total of 73 children aged 9, 10, and 11 years. Significant differences among age groups were observed in the domains of sustained attention, memory, and executive function. In addition, the BENCI subtests showed statistically significant correlations with the other neuropsychological tools. Further research is warranted on the relationship of the BENCI with other tests in wider age groups and to assess the factorial structure of the scale and the reliability values of the subtests. In conclusion, this study seems to indicate that the Spanish version of the BENCI has promising validity to be used for evaluating the main neuropsychological domains in children.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-23
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080065
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 904-932: Technology-Mediated Sexual Interactions,
           Social Anxiety, and Sexual Wellbeing: A Scoping Review

    • Authors: Shaughnessy, Fehr, Ashley, Braham, Labelle, Ouimet, Corsini-Munt, Ashbaugh, Reissing
      First page: 904
      Abstract: Technology-mediated sexual interactions (TMSI) are interpersonal exchanges via technology of self-created sexual material, including photos, videos, and auditory or text messages. There is little research on the factors that predict both TMSI experiences and their sexual wellbeing outcomes. Social anxiety is anxiety experienced in response to social or performance situations. From a cognitive–behavioural perspective, people higher in social anxiety may avoid TMSI, preventing positive or negative consequences. They also may use TMSI to avoid the anxiety caused by in-person sexual interactions, benefiting from access to sexual interactions while perpetuating anxiety about them. The purpose of this scoping review was to explore the role of social anxiety in TMSI and its sexual wellbeing outcomes. We executed a comprehensive search strategy across eight academic databases and searched reference lists of included articles. We included 19 articles written in English or French that had a human sample and were published between 1991 and 2021 and evaluated connections between social anxiety constructs (e.g., shyness, anxiety) and TMSI-related experiences (e.g., sexting, internet sex addiction). The pattern of results suggested that social anxiety constructs may predict some but not all forms of TMSI. Future research from a cognitive–behavioural perspective will expand knowledge on social anxiety, TMSI, and its sexual wellbeing outcomes.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-29
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080066
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 933-944: Impact of Confinement on Coping Strategies
           and Psychosocial Factors among University Students

    • Authors: Carla Gutiérrez-Lozano, Inmaculada García-Martínez, José María Augusto-Landa, Samuel P. León
      First page: 933
      Abstract: The pandemic has had psychological effects on the university population. Factors such as emotional intelligence, coping strategies and levels of anxiety, depression and stress have been affected by the situation generated by COVID-19. This study aims to analyze how EI, coping strategies and levels of anxiety, depression and stress have been affected by the situation generated by the pandemic in a population of 567 students from the University of Jaén (Spain). For this purpose, we administered three instruments: the Wong and Law emotional intelligence scale (WLEIS), the Spanish version of the coping strategies inventory (CSI) and the depression anxiety stress scales (DASS-21). At the same time, we asked students to describe their personal circumstances during confinement and their tendency to follow the measures and recommendations promoted by the Ministry of Health. The results obtained showed a positive relationship between EI and coping strategies and a negative relationship with levels of depression, anxiety and stress. A positive relationship was also found between coping and levels of anxiety, depression and stress. It was also found that the circumstances in which students experienced the period of confinement also modulated their levels of EI, coping strategies and their levels of depression, anxiety and stress.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080067
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 945-947: Coping with Everyday Stress, Assessment
           and Relationships, Psychological Adjustment, Well-Being and Socioemotional
           Adjustment

    • Authors: Francisco Manuel Morales Rodríguez
      First page: 945
      Abstract: The use of effective or functional coping strategies guarantees quality of life and psychological well-being in different stages of development [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080068
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 948-974: Metacognition in Argumentative Writing
           Based on Multiple Sources in Geography Education

    • Authors: Gebele, Zepter, Königs, Budke
      First page: 948
      Abstract: This paper addresses questions about the use of metacognitive strategies in argumentative writing based on multiple sources and the influence of this use on the quality of student texts. For this purpose, think-aloud protocols and texts from a research project on material-supported argumentative writing in 8th grade geography lessons are analyzed and discussed. The analysis is based on a model of metacognition in argumentative writing using multiple sources, which we also propose in this paper. The results show that the use of metacognitive strategies is a challenge for the investigated target group but that their use, in particular the deployment of goal-setting strategies and planning strategies, enables students to write better texts.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080069
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 975-988: Development and Initial Validation of the
           Safety Training Engagement Scale (STE-S)

    • Authors: Marco Giovanni Mariani, Gerardo Petruzziello, Michela Vignoli, Dina Guglielmi
      First page: 975
      Abstract: Safety training promotes safety at work, in particular through the use of engaging methods. This study introduces a newly developed measure of individual engagement in safety training, and aims to analyze the psychometric proprieties of the scale. The safety training engagement scale (STE) consists of five items pertaining to the trainee’s dedication and absorption in a safety training session. Two studies are carried out to analyze the validity of the scale. The first study focuses on the construct (internal) validity, to examine the scale’s internal consistency and dimensional structure. The second study seeks to provide further evidence for construct validity by testing the external validity of the scale. The sample consists of 913 (study 1) and 133 (study 2) participants in safety training programs in the field of the chemical industry who were invited to fill the STE scale after attending a safety training course. The results provide support to affirm the validity and reliability of the scale. The discussion describes the implication and the limitations of using the STE scale in practical safety training programs, and outlines recommendations for research to improve the scale’s robustness.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-02
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080070
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 989-1005: Impact of the Pandemic on STEAM
           Disciplines in the Sixth Grade of Primary Education

    • Authors: Pablo Dúo-Terrón, Francisco-Javier Hinojo-Lucena, Antonio-José Moreno-Guerrero, Jesús López-Belmonte
      First page: 989
      Abstract: The demand for professionals entering the labor market requires knowledge and disciplines in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Schools are the first link to train competent students for today’s society. However, the pandemic has conditioned the teaching–learning methodologies based on promoting STEAM in educational centers, which is the reason that leads us to carry out this study. The main objective of the research is to evaluate the STEAM dimensions in the sixth grade of primary education in times of pandemic. The study method is based on a quasi-experimental, descriptive and correlational design with an experimental group and a control group. The data are collected through a validated questionnaire, pre-test and post-test, which develops an assessment of student collaboration in STEAM activities. The sample is made up of 142 Spanish students, of which 68 belong to the control group and 74 to the experimental group. The conclusions of the study highlight that the active methodologies, based on computational thinking and on makerspaces of the future classroom, influenced the STEAM dimensions of the experimental group before the pandemic. However, the pandemic and the health restrictions in face-to-face classes led to a negative assessment of the experimental group in the STEAM dimensions.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-04
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080071
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1006-1020: Spatial Variation in Educational Quality
           in Colombia Based on the Phenomena of Agglomeration and Academic
           Segregation

    • Authors: Geovanny Castro-Aristizabal, Gregorio Giménez-Esteban, David Arango-Londoño, Esteban Moreno-Cediel, Maribel Castillo-Caicedo
      First page: 1006
      Abstract: This study seeks to measure the degree of agglomeration of educational quality in Colombia, based on the nonsocialization of the population that exhibits low educational quality, with the population that exhibits high educational quality, and thus determine how such agglomeration affects the phenomenon of academic segregation. To this end, we perform a spatial analysis of the educational quality in Colombia and of variables that may influence the phenomenon of educational agglomeration. The level of agglomeration in educational quality in Colombia is demonstrated by the calculation of the Moran’s Index, in which a result of 0.62 was obtained. High educational quality is concentrated in the Andean region, while low educational quality is agglomerated in the periphery of the country, in areas such as the Pacific region. A spatial regression model was carried out to measure the dependence of municipalities on their neighbors, and to determine the main socio-economic factors affecting the phenomenon of educational agglomeration in Colombia, finding that living conditions, unsatisfied basic needs and fiscal transparency all have an impact on the educational quality of the municipalities. It is also found that the number of homicides in the municipalities does not seem to have a significant relationship with education.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-05
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080072
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1021-1033: Standing Posture in Motor and Cognitive
           Dual-Tasks during Smartphone Use: Linear and Nonlinear Analysis of
           Postural Control

    • Authors: Marina Saraiva, Orlando J. Fernandes, João Paulo Vilas-Boas, Maria António Castro
      First page: 1021
      Abstract: Analysis of the center of pressure (CoP) during cognitive or motor dual-tasking is widely used to characterize postural control. Most studies use traditional measures of CoP to quantify postural control, but given its complexity, nonlinear analysis of CoP is of growing interest in the area. This study aims to analyze CoP behavior in healthy young adults during standing posture performance while simultaneously performing motor or cognitive tasks on a smartphone, using linear and nonlinear analysis of CoP. Thirty-six healthy participants (23.08 ± 3.92 years) were found eligible for this study. They performed a single task (ST), cognitive dual-task (cog-DT), and motor dual-task (mot-DT). The total excursion of CoP, displacement of CoP in the anterior-posterior and medial-lateral directions, mean total velocity of CoP, and mean anterior-posterior and medial-lateral velocities of CoP were measured with a force plate. Approximate entropy (ApEn) of the anterior-posterior (ApEn-AP) and medial-lateral (ApEn-ML) displacement of CoP were also calculated. The results showed that dual-task costs for the total excursion, displacement in the anterior-posterior direction, mean total velocity, and mean anterior-posterior velocity of CoP were greater during the cog-DT than the mot-DT (p < 0.05). In the nonlinear analysis of the CoP, there was no difference (p > 0.05) between the cog-DT and mot-DT for ApEn values of the anterior-posterior and medial-lateral time series of the CoP. Both linear and nonlinear analyses showed differences between the cog-DT and ST (p < 0.05), revealing a decline in postural control during the cog-DT compared with the ST. In conclusion, performing a cog-DT causes sway impairments and lower postural control efficacy compared with motor single and dual-tasks. Furthermore, both linear and nonlinear analyses were able to distinguish between conditions.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-09
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080073
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1034-1049: Interpersonal Adaptation, Self-Efficacy,
           and Metacognitive Skills in Italian Adolescents with Specific Learning
           Disorders: A Cross-Sectional Study

    • Authors: Commodari, La Rosa, Sagone, Indiana
      First page: 1034
      Abstract: This study aimed to explore interpersonal adaptation, generalized self-efficacy, and metacognitive skills in a sample of Italian adolescents with and without a specific learning disorder (SLD). A total of 564 secondary and high school students (males = 236; females = 328; age range: 11–19; M = 16.14, SD = 1.70) completed a set of standardized tests assessing social and interpersonal skills (non-affirmation, impulsiveness, narcissism, social preoccupation, and stress in social situations), general self-efficacy, and metacognition. Students with SLD reported a lower interpersonal adaptation than students without SLD. Furthermore, students with SLD were more impulsive and had more problems handling social situations. They also reported lower levels of self-efficacy but higher metacognition scores than peers without SLD. The use of compensatory tools was associated with better interpersonal skills and higher levels of self-efficacy in students with SLD. Finally, using these instruments is predictive of high levels of metacognitive skills in adolescents with SLD. In line with the previous literature, this study showed the presence of a gap between adolescents with and without an SLD in terms of interpersonal adaptation, general self-efficacy, and metacognitive skills in the school context. Further studies are needed on the psychological well-being of adolescents with SLD and especially on the protective role of personal, social, and environmental characteristics.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-10
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080074
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1050-1066: Cross-Sectional Associations between
           Playing Sports or Electronic Games in Leisure Time and Life Satisfaction
           in 12-Year-Old Children from the European Union

    • Authors: Diego Gomez-Baya, Hugo Sarmento, Javier Augusto Nicoletti, Francisco Jose Garcia-Moro
      First page: 1050
      Abstract: Leisure time activities in childhood may have a crucial role in the development of subjective well-being. Nevertheless, more research is needed with cross-national samples concerning the differential effects of lifestyles on life satisfaction. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to analyze the associations between the frequency of playing sports/exercise or playing electronic games on life satisfaction in a sample of 12-year-old children from nine countries from the European Union. The data used in this publication come from the third wave of the Children’s Worlds project, an international survey of children’s lives and well-being whose administration started in 2017. The sample was composed of 10,626 children (50.9% boys) from Estonia, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Romania, and Spain. They completed the Student Life Satisfaction Scale and answered two questions to assess the frequency of playing sport or exercise, and the frequency of playing electronic games. The results indicated notable scores in life satisfaction in all participating countries. The results showed some differences between boys and girls, and among the countries, in the frequency of sport practice and electronic games in the leisure time, as well as in the overall level of life satisfaction. The results also underlined that sport practice had a greater positive effect on life satisfaction than the use of electronic games. Thus, this study highlights the need to design programs to promote sport practice in leisure time for 12-year-old children in Europe, in order to protect their subjective well-being.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-13
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080075
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1067-1081: Courage as Mediator between Positive
           Resources and General/Domain-Specific Well-Being Indices

    • Authors: Ernesto Lodi, Lucrezia Perrella, Rita Zarbo, Patrizia Patrizi
      First page: 1067
      Abstract: Background: the current post-pandemic situation has exacerbated the effects already present due to the recent socio-economic crises belonging to the first two decades of this century: perception of instability, fears, concern for the future, underemployment, undignified work. This situation has negatively impacted life in general, career paths, and perceived quality of life, especially for new generations. Positive resources such as optimism and hope can have a positive effect in countering these effects which are impacting student academic satisfaction, life satisfaction, and flourishing. In the hypothesis, courage acts as a mediator for both domain-specific and general well-being, as perceived by college students. Methods: the research involved 410 Italian university students. Five rating scales were used: Visions About the Future, Courage Measure, Satisfaction with Life Scale (SWLS), the Flourishing Scale, and College Satisfaction Scale. Results: All research variables were significantly and positively correlated. The mediation model almost totally confirmed the hypotheses, as the relationship between optimism and academic satisfaction was totally mediated by courage. In other cases, optimism and hope had both a direct and an indirect effect, mediated by courage, on the life satisfaction, academic satisfaction, and flourishing of college students. Conclusions: the findings are discussed with recent theories and research on this topic, and suggestions are provided with practical implications for those involved in supporting the choice and construction of career paths.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-13
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080076
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1082-1107: Pharmacy Students’ Mental Health
           and Resilience in COVID-19: An Assessment after One Year of Online
           Education

    • Authors: Dalal Hammoudi Halat, Samar Younes, Jihan Safwan, Zeina Akiki, Marwan Akel, Mohamad Rahal
      First page: 1082
      Abstract: COVID-19 has impacted mental health and affected education due to the shift to remote learning. The purpose of the current study was to assess the mental health of pharmacy students one year following the onset of the pandemic. A descriptive cross-sectional questionnaire was distributed to pharmacy students. The severity of depression, anxiety, and stress was assessed by the Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (DASS-21), and resilience was assessed by the Brief Resilience Scale (BRS). COVID-19-related economic, educational, and health stressors, and students’ vaccine attitudes were surveyed. Descriptive, bivariate, and multivariable analysis were used, and a p-value of <0.05 was considered significant. A total of 561 students participated; 37% had mild-to-moderate depression, 37% had severe-to-extremely-severe anxiety, and 52% demonstrated normal stress levels. Severe depression, anxiety, and stress were associated with smoking and feeling isolated due to COVID-19. Around 40% of students had low resilience, associated with smoking, being in the third or fourth year of pharmacy study, and the consumption of caffeinated beverages. The mean score of satisfaction with online learning was 60.3 ± 21.3%. Only 5% of participants were vaccinated, of which 87% trusted the benefits of vaccines and their role in controlling the pandemic. One year after the onset of COVID-19, depression, anxiety, stress, and low resilience were observed among pharmacy students; the investigation of the long-term mental effects of the pandemic on university students is warranted.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-15
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080077
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1108-1120: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
           Types and Social Media: Are Social Media Important and Impactful for OCD
           People'

    • Authors: Andrea Guazzini, Mustafa Can Gursesli, Elena Serritella, Margherita Tani, Mirko Duradoni
      First page: 1108
      Abstract: Social media (SM) are the new standard for social interaction and people with OCD use such platforms like everyone else. However, the research on these individuals provides limited, sporadic, and difficult-to-generalize data outside of social-media evidence for one specific context concerning how SM is experienced by people with OCD. Our cross-sectional study involved 660 participants (71.4% females, 28.6% males) with 22% of the sample surpassing the 90° percentile threshold to be identified as high-level OCD-symptomatic individuals. Our work highlighted that roughly all OCD types are affected by social media in terms of mood and that these individuals appeared to give SM more importance than non-OCD individuals. The evidence presented, although very narrow, can be conceived as the first building blocks to encourage future research considering how individuals with OCD experience social media, since they appear to be affected more by them compared to non-OCD individuals.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-15
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080078
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1121-1142: Exploring Factors Affecting Graduate
           Students’ Satisfaction toward E-Learning in the Era of the COVID-19
           Crisis

    • Authors: Lubna Ali Mohammed, Musheer A. Aljaberi, Asra Amidi, Rasheed Abdulsalam, Chung-Ying Lin, Rukman Awang Hamat, Atiyeh M. Abdallah
      First page: 1121
      Abstract: Background: Shifting the educational system from a traditional to an online context during COVID-19 necessitated several considerations to assure students’ satisfaction with e-learning. Aim: This study aims to explore the factors influencing students’ satisfaction with e-learning during the COVID-19 crisis. In particular, it tests multiple mediations, student factors, and system quality between students’ satisfaction and each course evaluation and instructor’s performance. Methodology: In this cross-sectional study, 258 undergraduate and postgraduate students enrolled in online courses at multiple Malaysian universities were recruited using non-probabilistic purposive sampling. Data were collected using a questionnaire that assessed four factors that influenced students’ satisfaction with e-learning during the COVID-19 crisis (i.e., instructor performance, course evaluation, student factors, and system quality) and analyzed using the partial least squares route structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM). Results: The results indicated that the four factors were significantly associated with students’ satisfaction with e-learning during COVID-19. Student factors and system quality were the most factors predicting students’ satisfaction with e-learning. Findings indicate statistically significant relationships between the instructor’s performance, student factors, course evaluation, and system quality on students’ satisfaction. Furthermore, the results depict that both course evaluation and system quality serially mediate the relationship between instructors’ performance and students’ satisfaction. Conclusion: This study finds that improving and enhancing student factors and system quality is critical for students’ satisfaction with e-learning. Furthermore, e-learning platforms should contain new advances of computer-mediated technologies that enable collaboration, which is a critical factor in the success of e-learning systems.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-15
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080079
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1143-1167: Towards A Socioeconomic Model of Sleep
           Health among the Canadian Population: A Systematic Review of the
           Relationship between Age, Income, Employment, Education, Social Class,
           Socioeconomic Status and Sleep Disparities

    • Authors: F. A. Etindele Sosso, Marta Kreidlmayer, Dess Pearson, Imene Bendaoud
      First page: 1143
      Abstract: A better understanding of the contribution of the socioeconomic status (SES) in sleep health could guide the development of population-based interventions aiming to reduce “the silent public health issue” that are sleep disturbances. PRISMA was employed to identify relevant studies having examined the association between social class, social capital, education, income/assets, occupation/employment status, neighborhood deprivation and sleep health. Sixteen cross-sectional and three longitudinal studies were selected, having sampled 226,029 participants aged from 2 months to 85 years old. Findings showed that: (1) sleep health disparities among children and adolescent are strongly correlated to parental socioeconomic indicators; (2) poor parental income, poor family SES and poor parental education are associated with higher sleep disturbances among children and adolescents; (3) lower education is a predictor of increased sleep disturbances for adults; (4) low SES is associated with high sleep disturbances in adults and old people and; (5) low income and full-time employment was significantly associated with short sleep among adults and old people. In conclusion, sleep health should be an important public health target. Such intervention would be beneficial for populational health, for all taxpayers and public administrations, which would see a reduction in absenteeism and productivity losses attributable to sleep-related health problems in the global economy.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-16
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080080
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1168-1178: Psychometric Validation of the
           Portuguese Version of the Modern Homonegativity Scale among Portuguese
           College Students

    • Authors: Ana Belén García-Berbén, Henrique Pereira, Adrián S. Lara-Garrido, Gloria Álvarez-Bernardo, Graça Esgalhado
      First page: 1168
      Abstract: The studies focused on analysing attitudes toward homosexuality show that the manifestation of homonegativity has evolved into more modern forms. We therefore propose using instruments that capture subtle aspects in discrimination against gay and lesbian people. The objective of this study is twofold. First, we aim to adapt and validate the Portuguese version of the Modern Homonegativity Scale. Second, we set out to analyse the modern homonegativity shown by Portuguese university students. The scale includes two parallel subscales (MHS-Gay Men and MHS-Lesbian Women), each with 12 items. Six hundred and forty-one Portuguese college students between 18 and 27 years of age participated in the study (Mage = 21.23; SD = 1.88). The results demonstrate the unidimensionality of the scale and a high degree of internal consistency, along with satisfactory fit indices. Those people who identified as male and heterosexual showed greater modern homonegativity. We conclude that the Portuguese version of the MHS is valid and reliable for evaluating modern homonegativity in Portugal.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-18
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080081
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1179-1190: Validation of the French Smoking
           Cessation Motivation Scale with French Smokers Using a Mobile App for
           Smoking Cessation

    • Authors: Luz Adriana Bustamante, Lucia Romo
      First page: 1179
      Abstract: 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.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-19
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080082
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1191-1204: Social Differences in Health Behaviours
           among Jordanian Adolescents

    • Authors: Abdullah S. Alshammari, Bettina F. Piko, Tamás Berki, Kevin M. Fitzpatrick
      First page: 1191
      Abstract: Social differences are evident in both developed and developing countries. During adolescence, there are limited differences in morbidity and mortality, but differences do appear in terms of health behaviours. This study aims to examine the relationship(s) between social differences and students’ health behaviours. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2020 with a sample of high school students (N = 2741, aged 13–18 years) in Jordan. Besides descriptive statistics, bivariate logistic regression analysis was used to detect the odds risk for each social difference indicator. Females were engaged in more healthy dietary and hygienic behaviours and less engaged in smoking. Males were more physically active. Adolescents with a higher parental education level were more engaged in healthy behaviours; however, they drank carbonated soft drinks and ate fast food more often. Higher SES (socioeconomic status) self-evaluation was positively associated with eating breakfast and fruit and vegetables, being physically active, drinking carbonated soft drinks, eating fast food, and smoking. Our findings suggest that socioeconomic differences are important to understanding Jordanian adolescents’ health behaviours. While females tend to engage in more healthy behaviours, the role of parental education and perceived family affluence is not always beneficial in terms of adolescents’ dietary habits, hygienic behaviour, or smoking.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-19
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080083
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1205-1219: The Detection of Early Reading
           Performance and Its Relationship with Biopsychosocial Risk Factors in the
           Study of Learning Difficulties

    • Authors: Cristina Quiroga Bernardos, Santiago López Gómez, Patricia María Iglesias Souto, Rosa María Rivas Torres, Eva María Taboada Ares
      First page: 1205
      Abstract: The study of the multiple processes involved in learning how to read can contribute towards the early detection of good and bad readers. However, it is necessary to take into consideration different biopsychosocial risk factors (pre- and perigestational, neonatal, medical, developmental and family-related) that may have a significant impact on neurodevelopment, producing atypical cognitive development that could lead to the presence of reading difficulties. The objective of this study was to identify the main psycholinguistic abilities involved in the early reading performance and analyse their relationship to biopsychosocial risk factors. A total of 110 subjects between the ages of 4 and 7 years old and enrolled in state-run schools in Spain participated in the study. Significant correlations were found between different psycholinguistic abilities and certain biopsychosocial risk factors (having had hyperbilirubinemia, having obtained a score lower than 9 on the Apgar test, having had language problems or a sibling with dyslexia). This relationship should be taken into account in the study of learning difficulties as a potential indicator to predict later reading development and even the presence of developmental dyslexia.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-20
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080084
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1220-1243: Systematic Review of Mindfulness-Based
           

    • Authors: Bárbara Porter, Cristian Oyanadel, Fabiola Sáez-Delgado, Ana Andaur, Wenceslao Peñate
      First page: 1220
      Abstract: Human development implies deep changes in cognitive, attentional, emotional, and behavioral skills. Therefore, Mindfulness-Based Interventions (MBIs) should be adapted in terms of dose, frequency, kind of exercises, assessment methods, and expected effects regarding the abilities and limitations of each developmental period. The present review seeks to describe and compare MBIs characteristics, assessment methods, and effects in youth between 3 and 18 years old considering four developmental periods. A systematic review was carried out including experimental primary studies published during the last five years. Results show that the frequency of the sessions and program duration varies widely. Differences were observed in instructors’ training and in assessment strategies. Discrepancies were observed regarding the effects of MBIs both within and between periods in cognitive, socio-emotional, symptoms, and mindfulness variables. Consistency was observed in prosocial behaviors for preschoolers, and in emotional and behavioral problems and hyperactivity in ages between preschool and early adolescence. Nevertheless, it was impossible to compare most results and determine consistency or discrepancy due to the lack of studies. Regarding mindfulness, it is defined and assessed in different ways in each period. Orientations are suggested to move from a compartmentalized view of isolated MBIs, towards an integrative perspective that allows tracing developmental trajectories for mindfulness and other key cognitive and socioemotional skills for children and adolescents.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-08-22
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12080085
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 8 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 666-676: The Mediating Role of Job Satisfaction in
           the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Life Satisfaction
           among Teachers during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Authors: Aleksandra M. Rogowska, Hanna Meres
      First page: 666
      Abstract: This study examines the indirect effect of job satisfaction on the relationship between emotional intelligence and life satisfaction among teachers during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in Poland. A sample of 322 teachers aged 23–71 (M = 45.37, SD = 8.99) participated in a cross-sectional online survey. The online survey (Google form) contained some demographic information and standardized psychological questionnaires: the Multivariate Emotional Intelligence Scale (MEIS) for measuring emotional intelligence, the Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire (MSQ)—a short form for job satisfaction assessment, and the Life Satisfaction Scale (SWLS). Emotional intelligence is a significant positive predictor of job satisfaction and life satisfaction, and job satisfaction is a strong positive predictor of life satisfaction. Job satisfaction partly mediates the relationship between emotional intelligence and life satisfaction. To maintain the well-being of teachers during a pandemic, schools should implement training to improve emotional intelligence and increase job satisfaction by supporting distance e-learning among teachers.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-21
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070050
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 677-691: Validity and Psychometric Properties of
           the ILO-WHO Workplace Stress Scale: A Study with Workers from the Canary
           Islands

    • Authors: Juan Martinez Torvisco, Giuseppe Santisi, Alice Garofalo, Tiziana Ramaci, Massimiliano Barattucci
      First page: 677
      Abstract: 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.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-23
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070051
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 692-715: Changing Personal Values through
           Value-Manipulation Tasks: A Systematic Literature Review Based on
           Schwartz’s Theory of Basic Human Values

    • Authors: Claudia Russo, Francesca Danioni, Ioana Zagrean, Daniela Barni
      First page: 692
      Abstract: According to the Theory of Basic Human Values, values are relatively stable, but not immutable, abstract goals which strongly influence peoples’ lives. Since their relative stability, psychosocial research is attempting to understand the extent to which it is possible to induce a voluntary change in people’s personal values. The main aim of this study was to systematically review the existing literature on experiments to induce a value change, also highlighting the theoretical perspectives used to develop the experimental tasks. We conducted a literature search of five databases (SCOPUS, ProQuest, PsycINFO, PubMed, and Web of Science). After the screening and the eligibility phase, we included a total of 14 articles (25 experiments). Most of these studies involved university students and adopted a pre-and post-test design, using different manipulation tasks. The results highlighted the possibility of inducing a voluntary value change, assessed in terms of mean levels and/or rank order. These findings provide new insights regarding the stability of values in the light of the Theory of Basic Human Values. The practical implications and future research directions are discussed.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-28
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070052
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 716-730: Relationship between Nomophobia, Various
           Emotional Difficulties, and Distress Factors among Students

    • Authors: Lea Santl, Lovorka Brajkovic, Vanja Kopilaš
      First page: 716
      Abstract: The concept of nomophobia is a relatively new and is defined as the fear of not being able to use all the features and benefits provided by smartphones. The main goal of this research was to examine the relationship between nomophobia and various emotional difficulties and distress factors. The following measuring instruments were used on a sample of 257 Croatian students whose average age was 22 years: Nomophobia Questionnaire (NMP-Q); Scales of Depression, Anxiety, and Stress (DASS); Social and Emotional Loneliness Scale (SELSA); and Emotional Skills and Competences Questionnaire (ESCQ-15). Significant correlations between nomophobia and all examined variables were determined. It was found that nomophobia and emotional skills and competence act as significant predictors in expression of distress factors: 30% of the variance in the severity of depression symptoms, 24% of the variance in the severity of anxiety symptoms, and 26% of the variance in the severity of stress symptoms were explained.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-05
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070053
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 731-753: Exploring the Multiverse of Analytical
           Decisions in Scaling Educational Large-Scale Assessment Data: A
           Specification Curve Analysis for PISA 2018 Mathematics Data

    • Authors: Alexander Robitzsch
      First page: 731
      Abstract: In educational large-scale assessment (LSA) studies such as PISA, item response theory (IRT) scaling models summarize students’ performance on cognitive test items across countries. This article investigates the impact of different factors in model specifications for the PISA 2018 mathematics study. The diverse options of the model specification also firm under the labels multiverse analysis or specification curve analysis in the social sciences. In this article, we investigate the following five factors of model specification in the PISA scaling model for obtaining the two country distribution parameters; country means and country standard deviations: (1) the choice of the functional form of the IRT model, (2) the treatment of differential item functioning at the country level, (3) the treatment of missing item responses, (4) the impact of item selection in the PISA test, and (5) the impact of test position effects. In our multiverse analysis, it turned out that model uncertainty had almost the same impact on variability in the country means as sampling errors due to the sampling of students. Model uncertainty had an even larger impact than standard errors for country standard deviations. Overall, each of the five specification factors in the multiverse analysis had at least a moderate effect on either country means or standard deviations. In the discussion section, we critically evaluate the current practice of model specification decisions in LSA studies. It is argued that we would either prefer reporting the variability in model uncertainty or choosing a particular model specification that might provide the strategy that is most valid. It is emphasized that model fit should not play a role in selecting a scaling strategy for LSA applications.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-07
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070054
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 754-764: Association between Suicide Rate and Human
           Development Index, Income, and the Political System in 46 Muslim-Majority
           Countries: An Ecological Study

    • Authors: S M Yasir Arafat, Marthoenis Marthoenis, Murad M. Khan, Mohsen Rezaeian
      First page: 754
      Abstract: Very little has been researched assessing the relationship between the suicide rate and the ecological perspectives of the country, especially in the Muslim majority countries. We aimed to determine the association between suicide rate and the ecological parameters of 46 Muslim majority countries. We extracted the Muslim majority countries and their suicide rate, income distribution, distribution of the WHO region and continents, and Human Development Index (HDI). We assessed the correlation of the proportion of Muslim populations, the total population of the countries, number of suicides, continent, income group, political system, and HDI score with the suicide rate. The median suicide rate was 5.45 (IQR = 4.8); 2.9 (IQR = 4) in females and 7.45 (IQR = 8.2) in males per 100,000 population. The males had a significantly higher rate and the highest suicide rate was found in Africa. There are inverse associations between the total suicide rate, the rate in males, and females with HDI, and the income of the country. Furthermore, the suicide rate was significantly higher in countries with democratic systems compared to non-democratic countries. The findings suggest that ecological parameters may have an etiological role on suicides in Muslim countries where HDI and income are inversely associated with suicide rates.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-09
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070055
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 765-780: Medical Communication Perceived
           Self-Efficacy (ME-CO) Scale: Construction and Validation of a New
           Measuring Instrument from a Socio-Cognitive Perspective

    • Authors: Vincenza Capone
      First page: 765
      Abstract: 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).
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-11
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070056
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 781-791: Work Engagement as a Moderating Factor
           between Positive Attitude toward Smart Working and Job and Life
           Satisfaction

    • Authors: Andrea Zammitti, Angela Russo, Paola Magnano, Maria Guarnera
      First page: 781
      Abstract: Attitude toward smart working reflects feelings of favorableness towards this object; attitudes influence intentions, which in turn guide behaviors. Recent research confirms the positive influence that attitude toward smart working has on expected usage of it. Despite a direct influence, other factors could interact in the context of opportunities for ICT usage for teleworkers; among these factors, work engagement stands out. In turn, work engagement influences the perception of job satisfaction and life satisfaction. Considering that literature suggests that among the antecedents of work engagement are attitudes, the present study analyzes the role of positive attitude towards smart working on work engagement, and consequently on job satisfaction and on life satisfaction, hypothesizing that work engagement could mediate between positive attitude towards smart working and job and life satisfaction. The participants were 342 workers (115 males and 227 females) in private and public organizations, aged 24 to 66 years. The results showed that a positive attitude towards smart working, along with work engagement as a mediator, positively influences job satisfaction and life satisfaction. This means that employers and human resources managers (HRM) can organize training sessions to enhance the positive attitude toward smart working and this can help workers feel more engaged and satisfied.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-11
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070057
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 792-801: Running on Empty: Self-Reported Sleep/Wake
           Behaviour during Ultra-Marathon Events Exceeding 100 Miles

    • Authors: Dean J. Miller, Darren Bianchi, Michele Lastella
      First page: 792
      Abstract: The aim of this study was to examine sleep/wake behaviour and sleep strategies before, during and after ultra-marathon running events exceeding 100 miles (161 km). A total of 119 athletes completed a web-based questionnaire regarding their habitual sleep/wake behaviour before, during, and after ultra-marathon participation. Event-specific data were grouped by race distance categories; 100–149 miles (161–240 km), 150–199 miles (241–321 km), and ≥200 miles (322 km). Athletes commonly reported not sleeping throughout the duration of their races (74%). However, for events that were ≥200 miles, athletes reported more sleep opportunities, longer sleep duration, and more total sleep when compared to events that were 100–149 miles in distance (p ≤ 0.001). This suggests that for races of shorter distances, the benefit of continuous racing outweighs the negative impact of continuous wakefulness/sleep deprivation. However, for longer races (≥200 miles), there is an apparent tradeoff between sleep deprivation and race strategy, whereby athletes cannot sustain a desired level of performance without obtaining sleep. This is consistent with established sleep/wake behaviour models suggesting that sleep need increases as wakefulness increases, or in this case, as race duration increases. For athletes participating in ultra-marathons, sleep management education and/or consultation with a sleep scientist prior to racing may be beneficial. Future research should examine the optimal strategies concerning the frequency and duration of sleep during ultra-marathons and the subsequent impact on performance.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-11
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070058
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 802-813: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Triggers Atrial
           Conduction Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

    • Authors: Dimitrios V. Moysidis, Andreas S. Papazoglou, Christos Tsagkaris, Vasileios Oikonomou, Anna Loudovikou, Anastasios Kartas, Nikolaos Stalikas, Efstratios Karagiannidis, Mihnea-Alexandru Găman, Marios Papadakis, Chrysi Christodoulaki, Periklis Panagopoulos
      First page: 802
      Abstract: Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is closely related to various adverse cardiovascular manifestations and increased cardiovascular risk. However, atrial fibrillation (AF) development and atrial conduction abnormalities have not been thoroughly studied in patients with PCOS. Methods: This meta-analysis (CRD42021261375) was conducted in accordance with the PRISMA guidelines. Our aim was to investigate associations between PCOS and disorders in atrial conduction parameters linked with an increased risk for AF occurrence. Results: Five cohort studies with aggregate data on 406 adult women (229 with PCOS and 177 age-matched without PCOS) were included in this analysis. Our results showed a significantly increased mean difference in P-wave maximum duration (+7.63 ± 7.07 msec; p < 0.01) and P-wave dispersion (+11.42 ± 5.22 msec; p = 0.03) of patients with PCOS compared to healthy women. The mean difference in P-wave minimum duration (−2.22 ± 2.68 msec; p = 0.11) did not reach the statistical threshold between the compared groups. Echocardiographic measurements of atrial electromechanical delay (AED) also indicated a statistically significant mean difference in favour of the PCOS group in all assessed parameters, except for atrial electromechanical coupling (PA) in the tricuspid annulus. Particularly, PCOS was associated with increased lateral PA, septal PA, inter- and intra-AED durations (mean difference: +17.31 ± 9.02 msec; p < 0.01, +11.63 ± 7.42 msec; p < 0.01, +15.31 ± 9.18 msec; p < 0.01, +9.31 ± 6.85 msec; p < 0.01, respectively). Conclusions: PCOS is strongly associated with alterations in several electrocardiographic and echocardiographic parameters indicating abnormal atrial conduction. Therefore, PCOS could be considered as a causal or triggering factor of AF. Larger studies are needed to confirm these results and investigate direct associations between PCOS and AF.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-13
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070059
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 814-834: Equipping Youth to Think and Act
           Responsibly: The Effectiveness of the “EQUIP for Educators”
           Program on Youths’ Self-Serving Cognitive Distortions and School
           Bullying Perpetration

    • Authors: Mirella Dragone, Concetta Esposito, Grazia De Angelis, Dario Bacchini
      First page: 814
      Abstract: School bullying is a serious public health concern in many countries worldwide. Over recent decades, several effective anti-bullying prevention programs have been developed. This study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an adapted version of the “Equipping Youth to Help One Another (EQUIP) for Educators” (EfE) program in reducing adolescents’ engagement in school bullying perpetration by correcting their use of self-serving cognitive distortions (CDs). Furthermore, guided by the vantage sensitivity framework, we investigated whether the intervention effects varied depending on the adolescents’ gender and environmental sensitivity. A quasi-experimental pre-test/post-test with a control group design involved 354 Italian middle and high school adolescents (51.7% males; Mage = 14.86, SD = 2.54). Both the control (n = 187) and experimental group (n = 167) completed self-report questionnaires, before and after the intervention. Structural equation modeling revealed a significant moderated mediation effect: highly sensitive males participating in the EfE program decreased their engagement in bullying by reducing CDs, compared to females and those with low- and medium- sensitivity. These findings support the effectiveness of the EfE program in equipping youth to think and act more responsible and shed light on “why” and “for whom” the intervention might work better to counteract school bullying during adolescence.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-18
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070060
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 835-853: Students’ Perception towards New
           Face of Education during This Unprecedented Phase of COVID-19 Outbreak: An
           Empirical Study of Higher Educational Institutions in Saudi Arabia

    • Authors: Mohammad Asif, Mohammed Arshad Khan, Sufyan Habib
      First page: 835
      Abstract: To examine the perception of students regarding an e-learning system adopted by various educational institutions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methodology: A web-based-survey was conducted among selected university students in Saudi Arabia. A total of 294 students were randomly chosen to determine the utilities and credibility of the adopted e-learning mode of education. The reliability of latent constructs was assessed according to Cronbach’s alpha, and confirmatory factors analysis was conducted via AMOS software (version 24) to measure the students’ perceptions of online learning. Results: The outcomes of the present study reveal that e-learning has been very useful throughout the pandemic period among selected Saudi Arabian universities. The students have a positive view of the online system of education, which has many benefits, including flexibility, low cost, self-learning, and convenience. Implications: The results of the present study will be beneficial for all educational institutions that are largely dependent on the findings of the online survey.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-19
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070061
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 854-869: Study on the Attitudes and Knowledge of
           Teachers and Future Teachers about Immediate Health Care Measures at
           School

    • Authors: Paula Pais-Roldán, María del Carmen Olmos-Gómez, Jesús Manuel Cuevas-Rincón, Mónica Luque-Suárez
      First page: 854
      Abstract: The level and need for immediate health care measures training for teachers are of growing concern for two main reasons: on the one hand, these contents are part of the school curriculum and, on the other hand, teachers are the first adults to intervene in case of school injury. However, in Spain, first aid (FA) does not appear as obligatory content in the university training of teachers. The aim of the present study was to design and validate a questionnaire on the attitude of pre-school and primary school teachers towards first aid knowledge adapted to the school context and to analyze its psychometric properties. First of all, the psychometric values of the questionnaire were tested: through its validation and reliability. Subsequently, a correlation study was carried out as well as a logistic regression in order to know the knowledge and attitudes of teachers and future teachers about the importance of the Immediate Attention Measures at school. The sample consisted of 392 participants: active teachers (71%) and future teachers (29%, the latter being final year students) of the infant and primary stages from the northern, central and southern areas of Spain. The results show adequate psychometric values, establishing three factors: attitude towards general knowledge in FA and learning methodology; attitude towards wounds and CPR algorithm (most frequent and/or serious events); self-perception of knowledge or skill in FA. Pearson’s correlation test identified significant values (p < 0.01) and positive association between Factors 1 and 2 (r = 0.422) and between 1 and 3 (0.244). The conclusions of the results of the validation process of the questionnaire on the attitude of teachers and future teachers to knowledge for immediate health care measures training are valid and reliable to an acceptable degree. Regression study demonstrates the importance of including first aid training in teachers’ degrees.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-20
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070062
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 870-881: Analysis of Spanish Parents’
           Knowledge about ASD and Their Attitudes towards Inclusive Education

    • Authors: Irene Gómez-Marí, Raúl Tárraga-Mínguez, Gemma Pastor-Cerezuela
      First page: 870
      Abstract: To make possible the inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in mainstream settings, parental knowledge and attitudes towards the disorder play a key role between the home and the school setting. However, prior literature has not carried out an in-depth analysis of parents’ knowledge about ASD and their attitudes toward the inclusion of children with this diagnosis. This study examined the parental attitudes towards inclusion and knowledge about ASD. Participants were parents of children with ASD (n = 75), parents of children without ASD whose children had prior or current contact with peers with ASD (n = 44), and parents of children with no previous interactions with a peer with ASD (n = 51). The Attitudes of Regular Educators Towards Inclusion for Students with Autism Survey and the Autism Knowledge Questionnaire were filled out. Nonparametric statistical tests were used. Results showed that parents of children with ASD have better knowledge about this disorder and hold more favorable attitudes towards the inclusion of children with ASD than the other parents. These findings suggest that the benefits of inclusive schooling are limited to the school setting and do not appear to affect families of children without ASD.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-07-21
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12070063
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 7 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 516-533: Self-Assessment of Students of Geography
           Education and Primary Social and Science Teaching towards the Use of
           Digital (Geo-) Media for Written and Oral Argumentation

    • Authors: Sebastian Wolff-Seidel, Alexandra Budke
      First page: 516
      Abstract: This article discusses possible challenges and potentials in the use of digital geomedia in the context of written and oral argumentation in higher education by examining the perspectives of students and lecturers, especially for the subjects of geography in general and primary school science. To this end, potentials and challenges, as well as competences that have to be promoted among pupils and students in dealing with digital geomedia in the context of written and oral argumentation are first discussed. In the following, we present the results of a mixed methods approach in which we surveyed student teachers with a questionnaire (n = 150) on the one hand and, on the other hand, reflected their view of the issue by analysing qualitative expert interviews (n = 17) with lecturers who teach at the same universities in the corresponding degree programmes. In this way we contextualise the student’s self-assessment in the respective location’s teacher training. Our results show that there is a high degree of commonality between lecturers and students with regard to the importance of argumentation with digital geomedia. At the same time, the assessment of the students’ abilities differs greatly; most students feel capable of dealing with these topics, while lecturers see deficits here.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-25
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060038
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 534-535: Active or Healthy Ageing: “A
           Wonderful Journey between Body, Cognition and Emotion”

    • Authors: Gonçalo Dias
      First page: 534
      Abstract: This Special Issue, “Active or Healthy Ageing”, presupposes a dynamic balance between body, cognition, and emotion, and it promises to be an important resource for any professional working with the older adult population [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-25
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060039
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 536-548: Differences in Health-Related Quality of
           Life in Older People with and without Sarcopenia Covered by Long-Term Care
           Insurance

    • Authors: Kitamura, Izawa, Ishihara, Brubaker, Matsuda, Okamura, Fujioka
      First page: 536
      Abstract: Background: As a result of the increase in older people covered by long-term care insurance (LTCI), prevention of sarcopenia and maintenance and improvement of health-related quality of life (HRQOL) have become important themes. This study aimed to clarify both the differences in HRQOL in older people with and without sarcopenia covered by LTCI and the correlation between HRQOL and physical function. Methods: Participants were 101 older people with LTCI at a daycare center in Japan. We investigated clinical factors using the EuroQol five-dimension three-level questionnaire (EQ-5D-3L). Analysis was by unpaired t-test, Mann–Whitney U test, chi-square test, analysis of covariance, Pearson’s correlation coefficient, and Spearman’s rank correlation coefficient. Results: Compared to the no sarcopenia group (n = 40), the sarcopenia group (n = 24) had significantly lower body mass index, skeletal muscle mass index, gait speed, EQ-5D-3L, and adjusted EQ-5D-3L (p < 0.05). The EQ-5D-3L showed a significant correlation with handgrip strength in the sarcopenia group (p = 0.02) and significant correlations with gait speed and one-leg standing time (both, p = 0.01) in the no sarcopenia group. Conclusion: We clarified differences in HRQOL in older people with and without sarcopenia covered by LTCI. This information on the interrelationship between HRQOL and physical function may help maintain and improve HRQOL in these people.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-26
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060040
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 549-562: Dark Triad Psychopathy Outperforms
           Self-Control in Predicting Antisocial Outcomes: A Structural Equation
           Modeling Approach

    • Authors: Pedro Pechorro, Shelby Curtis, Matt DeLisi, João Maroco, Cristina Nunes
      First page: 549
      Abstract: Dark Triad traits and self-control are considered viable causal precursors to antisocial and criminal outcomes in youth. The purpose of the present study is to concurrently compare how Dark Triad traits and self-control differ in terms of predicting self-reported juvenile delinquency, CD symptoms, proactive overt aggression, and crime seriousness. The sample consisted of 567 (M = 15.91 years, SD = 0.99 years, age range = 14–18 years) Southern European youth from Portugal. Structural-equation-modelling procedures revealed that the psychopathy factor of Dark Triad traits presented the strongest significant hypothetical causal associations with the antisocial/criminal outcomes, followed by self-control. Machiavellianism and narcissism presented the lowest causal associations. Our findings indicate that psychopathy, as operationalized in the Dark Triad, concurrently surpasses self-control and the remaining factors of the Dark Triad in terms of predicting antisocial/criminal outcomes in youth. This suggests that behavioral disinhibition, or a core incapacity to regulate one’s conduct, is central for understanding delinquency and externalizing psychopathology. Comparatively, the interpersonal component of dark personality features, such as Machiavellianism and narcissism, are secondary for understanding crime.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-27
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060041
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 563-578: How Customers Evaluate Genitalia versus
           Torso Sex Toys on Amazon.com: A Content Analysis of Product Reviews

    • Authors: Nicola Döring, Veronika Mikhailova, Pari-Gole Noorishad
      First page: 563
      Abstract: Sex toys are widely marketed on the Internet. Browsing for, buying, and reviewing sex toys online are popular cybersexual activities. The aim of this study was to investigate consumers’ experiences with different types of realistic sex toys via online product reviews on Amazon.com. Toys were categorized in a 2 × 2 design regarding their representation of the human body (genitalia sex toys representing reproductive organs only versus torso toys representing larger parts of the human body) and their depiction of gender (toys representing female versus male body parts). Informed by feminist discourses on sex toys as well as sexual script theory and consumer research, the study explored the overall evaluations (RQ1), most frequently addressed characteristics (RQ2), usage patterns (RQ3), and perceived effects (RQ4) of the four groups of sex toys. A quantitative manual content analysis of N = 778 online sex toy reviews showed that 79% of consumers gave popular realistic sex toys positive ratings (RQ1). The most frequently mentioned characteristics were quality, material, and shape (RQ2). Most reviewers were men and used sex toys for solo sexual activities (RQ3). An additional qualitative analysis of n = 69 reviews addressing the perceived effects of sex toy use revealed that consumers predominantly mentioned positive effects (RQ4). Genitalia sex toys received better evaluations than torso sex toys and were perceived to be complementary tools to enhance sexual arousal, whereas the use of torso toys entailed anthropomorphization and symbolic social interactions. Implications for future research and design of different types of sex toys are discussed.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060042
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 579-600: Do Faculty Members Apply the Standards for
           Developing Gifted Students at Universities' An Exploratory Study

    • Authors: Fathi Abunasser, Rommel AlAli
      First page: 579
      Abstract: Many studies indicate the importance of the management and nurturing of giftedness. They also focus on talent development, primarily, where the main objective is enhancing academic abilities. To achieve this goal, it is necessary to explore the reality of faculty members’ application of talent development standards; this is necessary for laying the practical foundations to enhance the academic abilities of talented students according to the standards for verifying quality, and for clarifying the skills and concepts that are taught. The current study was based on the opinions of 122 faculty members from Saudi public universities who had experiences with gifted students, whereby they answered the following question: Do faculty members apply the standards for developing gifted students at universities' The data were collected by developing an instrument. The data were analyzed using descriptive statistics that mostly showed the reality of the application of the selected gifted development standards. The results of the perceptions of the faculty members participating in the study showed differences in the application of the proposed gifted development standards according to their academic rank.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-02
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060043
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 601-615: Effectiveness of Therapeutic Exercise in
           Musculoskeletal Risk Factors Related to Swimmer’s Shoulder

    • Authors: Nuno Tavares, Gonçalo Dias, Paulo Carvalho, João Paulo Vilas-Boas, Maria António Castro
      First page: 601
      Abstract: Background: Therapeutic exercise seems to minimize musculoskeletal risk factors related to swimmer’s shoulder. However, there is an absence of a qualitative evaluation of these programs and a great variability regarding the characteristics of exercises. The objective of this review was to identify, evaluate, and compare exercise programs used to minimize musculoskeletal risk factors related to swimmer’s shoulder. Methods: PubMed, CochraneLibrary, ScienceDirect, and Medscape were searched during January 2022. The research was limited to meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and RCTs written in English, Spanish, and Portuguese without publication time. The researched papers had swimmers as the population, compared an exercise program with another program or without intervention, and had as outcomes musculoskeletal risk factor variables. Results: Eleven articles were considered for analysis. There were three positive effects of strength programs on shoulder rotators’ strength and endurance, two positive effects of strength and stretching programs on shoulder posture, and one positive effect of a stretching program on shoulder ROM and a plyometric program on proprioception. Conclusions: There is high heterogeneity and little methodological quality evidence about the theme. However, strength programs with five or fewer OKC exercises performed out of the water seems to lead to better results in the swimmer’s shoulder prevention.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-02
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060044
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 616-618: Introduction to the Special Issue on
           Cyberbullying and Cybervictimization

    • Authors: Ruiz-Esteban, Méndez, Fernández-Sogorb
      First page: 616
      Abstract: Nowadays, the Internet is commonly used by students for both social activities and the academic field. In this context, problematic mobile phone or Internet use is among the most common risks that have proven to be associated with bullying and cyberbullying [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-03
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060045
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 619-630: The Network That Unites a Qualitative
           Study on Clinical Psychological Intervention for Women with a History of
           Breast Cancer and Chronic Pain

    • Authors: Marilena Maglia, Julie Tortorici, Vittorio Lenzo, Daniela Aiello, Marco Alì, Rosanna Aiello, Pasquale Caponnetto
      First page: 619
      Abstract: The aim of this qualitative research is to deepen the knowledge in the field of psycho-oncology and the consequences of chronic and persistent pain by listening to patients’ experiences, their emotions and difficulties in facing this hard condition, and assessing their perception of the role of the psychologist in pain management. In this qualitative study, a semistructured interview was used, designed from three research questions: chronic pain and quality of life; chronic pain and psychological well-being; and the role and perception of the psychologist in pain management. The sample consists of 29 women who suffered or have recovered from breast carcinoma, and who currently report having chronic pain due either to the presence of the cancer or as a result of surgery or treatment. Three themes emerged from the thematic analysis: quality of life and psychological well-being, relational well-being, and perception and role of the psychologist. Two subthemes have been identified for each theme: common features of chronic pain and consequences and resilience for the first theme; not feeling understood and willingness to protect loved ones for the second theme; and improvements perceived by users and reasons for not making use of the service for the last theme. In conclusion, the results obtained from the literature and those from the analysis of the interviews are discussed and compared, and reflections are made on possible future implications.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-11
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060046
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 631-638: Body Composition and Nutrients Dietary
           Intake Changes during COVID-19 Lockdown in Spanish Healthy Postmenopausal
           Women

    • Authors: Cristina Acedo, Raul Roncero-Martín, Antonio Sánchez-Fernández, Cristina Mendoza-Holgado, María Pedrera-Canal, Fidel López-Espuela, Purificación Rey-Sánchez, Juan D. Pedrera-Zamorano, Luis M. Puerto-Parejo, Jose M. Moran, Jesús M. Lavado-García
      First page: 631
      Abstract: (1) Background: During the COVID-19 lockdown, high rates of physical inactivity and dietary imbalances were reported in both adults and adolescents. Physical separation and isolation not only have a significant impact on the performance of physical activity but also affect people’s lives, particularly their dietary habits. In the present study, we aimed to examine whether or not bioelectrical impedance-derived body composition parameters and dietary habits were affected during the pandemic-associated lockdown in postmenopausal Spanish women. (2) Methods: Sixty-six women participated in the study (58.7 ± 5.4 years) before (between July–October 2019) and after (August–October 2020) the lockdown, which occurred as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain. Body composition parameters were measured by bioelectrical impedance analysis while dietary intake of proteins, fat, carbohydrates, and energy was measured by a food frequency questionnaire. (3) Results Regarding body composition, no differences were observed in fat mass in % (mean increase 0.05 (2.74); p = 0.567), fat mass in kg (mean increase −0.07 (4.137); p = 0.356) or lean mass in kg (mean increase 0.20 (1.424); p = 0.636). Similarly, no statistically significant differences were observed between the two study periods for any of the nutrients studied, nor for energy intake (p > 0.05 in all cases). (4) Conclusions: After comprehensively assessing body composition and dietary intake of protein, fat, carbohydrates, and energy before and after COVID-19 lockdown in healthy adult women in Spain no changes in the parameters studied were observed during the period analyzed in the women examined.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-16
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060047
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 639-654: Impact of Using Facemasks on Literacy
           Learning: The Perception of Early Childhood Education Teachers

    • Authors: Diego Vergara, Álvaro Antón-Sancho, Juan-José Maldonado, María Nieto-Sobrino
      First page: 639
      Abstract: In this work, quantitative research is carried out on the importance that educators give to literacy work in early childhood education classrooms and the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic and the use of facemasks have had on it. To this end, a survey designed for this purpose has been used, which has been passed on to a set of 112 Spanish early childhood educators. The teachers surveyed occupy different positions in the classroom (tutors, support technicians, specialists in bilingualism, therapeutic pedagogy and speech and hearing), and, in addition, they themselves learned to read from different methods of literacy learning (synthetic or analytical). The results found in this study indicate that educators express intermediate evaluations of the importance of literacy work in the classroom, higher if it is done through digital resources, and higher for the synthetic method than for the analytical method. In addition, the impact of the use of masks on literacy learning was rated as very negative. On the other hand, gaps have been identified in the above perceptions by the position occupied in the classroom and by the method used to learn to read. Finally, some actions are suggested to homogenize the perceptions of the different professionals, and some lines of research are proposed.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-17
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060048
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 655-665: Self-Declared Physical Activity Levels and
           Self-Reported Physical Fitness in a Sample of Italian Adolescents during
           the COVID-19 Pandemic

    • Authors: Alessandro Gatti, Lorenzo Pugliese, Vittoria Carnevale Pellino, Marco Del Bianco, Matteo Vandoni, Nicola Lovecchio
      First page: 655
      Abstract: Only 20% of children worldwide reach the suggested physical activity (PA) levels, and the COVID-19 restrictions seemed to have worsened this situation. In addition, physical fitness (PF) is a crucial marker of health and combined with PA could predict future health status. The aim of this study was to compare reported PA and PF levels in a sample of Italian adolescents. We administered the International PA Questionnaire and International Fitness Enjoyment Scale to 208 adolescents aged 16.0 ± 1.5 (N = 166 females, 16 ± 2.0 years) recruited from a high school in the province of Milan (Italy). The majority of the subjects were “Minimally active” but reported adequate PF levels. In particular, subjects who reported a “Very good” PF perception, had a lower PA level. The misperception of reported PA and PF from our sample could reduce the future PA level in adolescents and lead to a negative spiral of disengagement in PA. These findings should lead to more attention on and improvements to PA promotion in the adolescent population after the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-06-18
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12060049
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 6 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 448-457: Personal Need for Structure and Fractions
           in Mathematical Education

    • Authors: Valéria Švecová, Ľubomír Rybanský, Gabriela Pavlovičová
      First page: 448
      Abstract: The research was aimed at finding relations between mathematical knowledge and cognitive individual variable. We realized the experiment with 162 students of the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, Slovakia. We had two variables—the personal need for structure (PNS) as a cognitive-individual variable and knowledge of the fraction as a mathematical variable. The relationships between the factors of the personal need for structure scale and the knowledge of fractions were determined by the IRT model. We have proven a negative correlation between the successful solving of fraction test and score in the PNS scale. This means that the higher the success rate of solving the fraction tasks, the lower the overall score on the personal need for structure scale and its subfactors.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-04-29
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12050033
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 5 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 458-464: Improving the Reliability of Literature
           Reviews: Detection of Retracted Articles through Academic Search Engines

    • Authors: Elena Pastor-Ramón, Ivan Herrera-Peco, Oskia Agirre, María García-Puente, José María Morán
      First page: 458
      Abstract: Nowadays, a multitude of scientific publications on health science are being developed that require correct bibliographic search in order to avoid the use and inclusion of retracted literature in them. The use of these articles could directly affect the consistency of the scientific studies and could affect clinical practice. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the capacity of the main scientific literature search engines, both general (Gooogle Scholar) and scientific (PubMed, EMBASE, SCOPUS, and Web of Science), used in health sciences in order to check their ability to detect and warn users of retracted articles in the searches carried out. The sample of retracted articles was obtained from RetractionWatch. The results showed that although Google Scholar was the search engine with the highest capacity to retrieve selected articles, it was the least effective, compared with scientific search engines, at providing information on the retraction of articles. The use of different scientific search engines to retrieve as many scientific articles as possible, as well as never using only a generic search engine, is highly recommended. This will reduce the possibility of including retracted articles and will avoid affecting the reliability of the scientific studies carried out.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-04
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12050034
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 5 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 465-477: Evaluating the Dimensionality of the
           Sociocultural Adaptation Scale in a Sample of International Students
           Sojourning in Los Angeles: Which Difference between Eastern and Western
           Culture'

    • Authors: Giusy Danila Valenti, Paola Magnano, Palmira Faraci
      First page: 465
      Abstract: The Sociocultural Adaptation Scale (SCAS) measures the degree of sociocultural competence in new cultural settings, and, despite its popularity, research aiming at evaluating its dimensionality is lacking and has incongruent results. Moreover, the dimensionality of the scale has been mainly tested on different samples adjusted to Eastern culture. We administered the SCAS to 266 international students sojourning in Los Angeles to test which underlying dimensionality emerges if the measure is used to assess sociocultural adaptation to Western culture, also verifying its measurement invariance across sex. Findings from EFA showed a three-factor solution: Diversity Approach, Social Functioning, and Distance and Life Changes, and the CFA indicated a plausible goodness-of-fit to the empirical data. The examination of MGCFA suggested that the questionnaire showed an invariant structure across sex. Our results suggest that the dimensionality of the SCAS may differ according to the sojourners’ country of settlement, emphasizing Western–Eastern differences.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-18
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12050035
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 5 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 478-493: The Role of a Ministry of Education in
           Addressing Distance Education during Emergency Education

    • Authors: Wajeeh Daher, Huda Salameh
      First page: 478
      Abstract: The present study aims to identify the role of a Ministry of Education in meeting the challenges faced due to distance education as emergency education. The study participants were nine officials working at the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education. We used interviews to collect data and inductive content analysis to analyze these data. The study result indicates that the ministry carried out action related to the different educational aspects to meet distance education challenges. It is recommended that ministries of education strengthen their collaboration with the local community. The aim of this collaboration is two-fold: encouraging parents’ support of technology integration in education and encouraging their role in positively influencing their students’ perceptions of the use of ICT in learning. Teachers also need to engage in the change of students’ perception towards a more positive one regarding the influence of ICT on learning.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-20
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12050036
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 5 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 494-515: Online Feedback Systems and Debate on
           Scientific Issues during COVID-19: A Case Study on Sookmyung Women’s
           University

    • Authors: Ji-yoon Kim, Min-kyeong Shim, Young-mee Hwang
      First page: 494
      Abstract: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, university education and feedback guidance have inevitably moved to online platforms, becoming a global trend. This study focuses on a case of Sookmyung Women’s University in South Korea, which has operated an online discussion clinic for university general education for more than a year as a case study. There are two main research methods. A frequency analysis was conducted to confirm what kind of counseling the students preferred at the discussion clinic based on the answers written in the students’ applications. The students whose applications were used for the analysis were divided into 57 teams, and there were two to six members per team. The results were as follows: In the survey results, students wanted help with the preparation process necessary for the discussion and the practical strategies for facilitating discussions. They wanted personalized counseling, demonstrating that discussion education provided in the foundational curriculum is insufficient. Second, the educational model of the discussion clinic and educational examples were examined. The findings confirmed that online discussion education is effective if the system is technically supplemented. Instructors and researchers are prepared to meet students’ demands for feedback and individual counseling, even if these are not provided through face-to-face discussions. Additionally, face-to-face guidance can be operated more effectively by taking advantage of online systems. The findings also demonstrate that further research on designing and operating online discussion centers is required. This study is a preceding study on developing online systems and educational guidelines for higher educational institutions to present new insights into smart learning. This paper also includes suggestions for educational and scientific discussions. The online discussion instructional model shown in this paper explores methods of scientific communication through a debate on scientific issues.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-05-23
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12050037
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 5 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 387-399: Sustainability Competencies in Higher
           Education Research: An Analysis of Doctoral Theses in Portugal

    • Authors: Patrícia Sá, Mónica Lourenço, Vânia Carlos
      First page: 387
      Abstract: Educational research has been highlighting the importance of defining key competencies and learning outcomes related to education for sustainability as a reference for the transparent evaluation of students’ learning in this domain. Drawing on a reference framework that identifies five key competencies in sustainability (i.e., systems-thinking competency, anticipatory competency, normative competency, strategic competency, and interpersonal competency), the study reported in this paper aims to understand whether, how, and to what extent these competencies are present in doctoral theses in Higher Education published in Portugal in the past ten years. To address this objective, a qualitative study framed in an interpretative paradigm was conducted, and a literature review was used as a preferential research method to elicit meaning, gain understanding, and develop empirical knowledge. The retrieved documents were treated using deductive content analysis, which was performed using WebQDA software. Results of the analysis show that the competencies considered in the reference framework are present in research on education for sustainability carried out in recent years in Portugal, with a greater emphasis on strategic and anticipatory competencies. Findings suggest that it is important to continue to conduct research on these competencies to successfully integrate them into educational curricula and teacher education programs.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-03-28
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12040028
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 400-416: The Relationship between Cognitive Status
           

    • Authors: Fatemeh Adelirad, Maryam Moghaddam Salimi, Iman Dianat, Mohammad Asghari-Jafarabadi, Vijay Kumar Chattu, Hamid Allahverdipour
      First page: 400
      Abstract: Identifying retained activity participation to old age can improve age-related changes in balance and cognition function. Subjects ≥ 60 years were enrolled in this study. Balance and Cognitive function include working memory, executive function, and sustained and divided attention was evaluated with “Fullerton advanced balance”, “n-back”, “Wisconsin card sort”, “sustain and divided attention test”, respectively. In addition, retained activity participation was measured using the Activity Card Sort questionnaire. The univariate and multivariate regression analyses of different domains of retained activity participation were used as independent variables, including instrumental activity, low-effort leisure, high-effort leisure, and social activity on balance and specific domains of cognition. Seventy-seven subjects (65.3 ± 4.4 years, 61% female) were included. About 47% of older adults had a college education, 32.3% had a diploma, and 20.7% had elementary–middle education. These results show that retained instrumental activity had a relationship with working memory (β = 0.079, p < 0.05). In addition, we found that retained high-effort leisure activity can increase balance, divided attention, and executive function score (β = 0.1, β = 0.05, β = 0.02, p < 0.05). Moreover, there was a positive relationship between retained low-effort activity and sustained attention (β = 0.08, p < 0.05). In addition, the coefficient of determination (R2) for balance, working memory, executive function, sustained, and divided attention were 0.45, 0.25, 0.13, 0.11 and 0.18, respectively. The study suggests that retained activity participation types may have various effects on balance and some selective cognitive components in older people.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-03-29
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12040029
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 417-430: The Basic Cycles of Vocational Training:
           Student Satisfaction and Perceived Benefit

    • Authors: María José Martínez-Carmona, Carmen Gil del Pino, José Luis Álvarez-Castillo
      First page: 417
      Abstract: This study aims to better understand students who attend Basic Vocational Training Cycles (Basic Professional Training, BTP) by implementing measures that ensure diversity. This quantitative research project approximated students’ perception of their passage through previous studies and their satisfaction and goals after finishing the school year. The sample consisted of 352 students from Cordoba (Spain). A questionnaire was used that follows the CIPP model. After exploratory factor analysis was completed with different groups of items and their descriptive analyses, various tests were carried out to consider the hypotheses (Pearson’s correlation (r), one-factor analysis of variance, and repeated ANOVA measures). The results indicate that the educational interest of the students is academic and professional. Likewise, there is no relationship detected between socio-professional goals and average academic levels and attributions with respect to repetitions of previous courses, although these goals vary depending on students’ satisfaction with the vocational cycles. We conclude that the course of the FPB influences decisions regarding academic–professional projects.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-04-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12040030
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 431-444: The Relationship between Subjective Risk
           Intelligence and Courage with Working Performance: The Potential Mediating
           Effect of Workplace Social Courage

    • Authors: Paola Magnano, Giuseppe Santisi, Andrea Zammitti, Rita Zarbo, Vittorio Edoardo Scuderi, Giusy Danila Valenti, Palmira Faraci
      First page: 431
      Abstract: Background: There is a growing attention toward the construct of courage from a psychological point of view; recently, courage has been related with numerous positive individual behaviors and outcomes, such as coping strategies and subjective wellbeing, and an increasing number of studies explore the role of courage in the working and organizational environments. The present study is aimed to analyze the effect that individual courage—together with risk intelligence—and workplace social courage have on working performance; Methods: The participants are 961 Italian workers, balanced by gender; the measures used are: Courage, Subjective Risk Intelligence Scale, Workplace Social Courage Scale, and Performance Scale. Data were analyzed using Structural Equation Models; Results: The results show the effect of subjective risk intelligence and courage on working performance, both directly and through the mediation of workplace social courage; Conclusions: Suggestions for further research and practical implications are discussed.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-04-07
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12040031
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 445-447: AI and Blockchain as New Triggers in the
           Education Arena

    • Authors: Maria José Sousa, Francesca Dal Mas, Sónia P. Gonçalves, Davide Calandra
      First page: 445
      Abstract: Several scholars have examined the potential use of AI and Blockchain in education, primarily focusing on the contributions of such technologies with a goal to improve learning possibilities and outcomes for students [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-04-08
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12040032
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 4 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1719-1728: Attitudes towards Tattoos among Spanish
           Health Science Students

    • Authors: Blázquez Abellán, López-Torres López, Moreno de la Rosa, López González, Rabanales Sotos, López-Torres Hidalgo
      First page: 1719
      Abstract: (1) Background: The aim is to ascertain health science students’ attitudes towards tattoos and their association with healthy lifestyles and socio-demographic variables. (2) Methods: Descriptive study conducted on pharmacy, medical and nursing students (n = 423). To ascertain attitudes towards tattoos, we used the Attitudes Towards Tattoos Scale. Other variables were physical activity, healthy diet, harmful habits and socio-demographic variables. (3) Results: A total of 12.6% (95% CI 9.1–16.2) of students reported having a tattoo; 58.9% did not regard tattoos as a health risk. In terms of attitudes, the mean score in the range of 7–35 (7—most unfavourable to 35—most favourable) was 22.6 (SD 5.2; 95% CI: 22.0–23.2). Scores were higher (p < 0.05) among women (23.1; SD: 5.3), persons aged <20 years (23.6; SD: 5.0) and smokers (23.9; SD: 4.6). Attitudes were found to be more favourable (p < 0.05) in nursing students than in pharmacy or medical students. No relationship was observed with physical activity, healthy diet or drug use. (4) Conclusions: The attitude to tattoos is most favourable among women, persons aged under 20 years and nursing students. In terms of health habits, attitudes are more favourable among smokers, regardless of their level of physical activity, compliance with healthy eating guidelines or consumption of alcohol or other drugs.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-22
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12120121
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 12 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1729-1742: Nutritional Status of Slovene Adults in
           the Post-COVID-19 Epidemic Period

    • Authors: Boštjan Jakše, Uroš Godnov, Stanislav Pinter
      First page: 1729
      Abstract: Background: Monitoring nutritional status data in the adult population is extremely important to mediate their health status. Unfortunately, for Slovenia (2.1 million European Union citizens), data on the body composition status of the general adult population are currently rare or nonexistent in scientific journals. Furthermore, dietary intake was last assessed several years before the COVID-19 epidemic period. Methods: We randomly recruited 844 adult Slovenes from all regions of Slovenia. The primary aim of the cross-sectional study was to examine body composition status (using a medically approved electrical bioimpedance monitor) during the post-COVID-19 epidemic period. In addition, we assessed dietary intake (using a standardized food frequency questionnaire) and compared the obesity propensity for both sexes separately using the body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage (FAT%) obesity classification of the World Health Organization. Results: Regarding BMI classification, 43% of the whole sample was overweight (28%) or obese (15%), and there were more older adults than adults (64% vs. 42%, p < 0.001). The average FAT% of adult females and males was 26.9% and 19.5% (p < 0.001), respectively, while for older adult females and males, it was 32.7% and 23% (p < 0.001). In addition, a comparison of the proportions of obese people between the two cut-off obesity classifications (BMI vs. FAT%) showed a significantly underestimated proportion of obese female participants based on BMI classification (13% vs. 17%, p = 0.005). In terms of the dietary intake of the assessed nutrients in comparison with the national dietary reference values for energy and nutrient intake, the participants, on average, had lower intake than the recommended values for carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins C, D and E (for males) and calcium, and higher intake than the recommended values for total fat, saturated fatty acids, cholesterol, sodium and chloride (for males). Conclusions: The results urgently call for the need to not only improve the overall national nutritional status but also for regular national monitoring of body composition and dietary intake statuses.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-23
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12120122
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 12 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1743-1759: An Innovative Biomedical Research
           Training Model: Rationale, Design, and Evaluation

    • Authors: Payam Sheikhattari, Shiva Mehravaran, Jummai Apata, Gillian Silver, Shamara Murphy, Sylvia Hurtado, Farin Kamangar
      First page: 1743
      Abstract: Much is told regarding the need for greater diversity in the biomedical research workforce in terms of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. However, there are few evidence-based models that are tested and can have significant effects in this regard. Thus, there is a need for development and evaluation of innovative models that may help train a more diverse biomedical research workforce. In this study, we provided the rationale, conceptual model, and preliminary evaluation of a program called “A Student-Centered Entrepreneurship Development (ASCEND)”. This training program was designed, implemented, and evaluated between 2017 and 2020 at Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The program’s conceptual model is based on four stages: Attraction and Inspiration, Ideation and Innovation, Research Implementation, and Career Growth. Results of the comparative survey between 50 students who participated in ASCEND and 86 non-member controls showed an increase in science identity, academic self-concept, science self-efficacy, and peer support. The only domain that did not show a larger increase in participants in our program compared to controls was social self-concept. In addition, a total of 59 students submitted 48 research concepts, and 16 undergraduate student projects were funded. Of participants in the Health Research Concepts Competition, 39 students graduated, and 13 were pursuing graduate programs in STEM fields at the time of evaluation. The number of research projects and trainees who started a graduate degree were also reported. The ASCEND training model fosters an entrepreneurial mindset among undergraduate students. Such a program might be effective in diversifying the biomedical research workforce. While this preliminary evaluation indicates the efficacy of the ASCEND model, there is a need for further long-term and multi-center evaluations with the trainees’ research productivity and receipt of independent funding as outcomes.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-28
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12120123
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 12 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1760-1779: State of Mind Assessment in Relation to
           Adult Attachment and Text Analysis of Adult Attachment Interviews in a
           Sample of Patients with Anorexia Nervosa

    • Authors: 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, Giulia Di Fini
      First page: 1760
      Abstract: 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.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-30
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12120124
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 12 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1780-1792: Virtual and Augmented Reality versus
           Traditional Methods for Teaching Physiotherapy: A Systematic Review

    • Authors: David Lucena-Anton, Juan Carlos Fernandez-Lopez, Ana I. Pacheco-Serrano, Cristina Garcia-Munoz, Jose A. Moral-Munoz
      First page: 1780
      Abstract: The use of virtual worlds in health-related education is increasingly popular, but an overview of their use in physiotherapy education is still needed. The aim of this review was to analyse the use of virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) compared to traditional methods for teaching physiotherapy. A systematic review was performed up to October 2022 in PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus, CINAHL, and PsycInfo. The quality appraisal and risk of bias were assessed by the Joana Briggs Institute checklist and the Cochrane Collaboration’s RoB Tool 2.0, respectively. A total of seven randomised and non-randomised controlled studies were included, involving 737 students. VR/AR-based teaching approaches included simulation and virtual worlds, and were conducted through immersive head-mounted displays, AR-based applications, and 3D visualisations. Three studies were focused on teaching anatomy content, two on clinical decision making skills, and the rest were focused on pathology, physiotherapy tasks or exercise performance, and movement analysis of lower limbs. Inconclusive results were found in terms of learning satisfaction and academic performance, showing VR/AR-based teaching models to be equally effective as traditional methods for teaching physiotherapy. We encourage researchers and teachers to include games in their VR/AR-based teaching approaches to enhance interaction and active learning in physiotherapy education.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12120125
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 12 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1793-1811: Use of Personal Resources May Influence
           the Rate of Biological Aging Depending on Individual Typology

    • Authors: Tatiana N. Berezina, Stanislav A. Rybtsov
      First page: 1793
      Abstract: Individual hobbies and interests, the ways of spending leisure time develop personal resources influencing health and wellbeing. The literature analysis helped selecting thirteen personal resources that also affect the rate of aging: sports, order, creativity, intellect, handwork, kindness, Humor, spirituality, risk, nature, achievements, optimism, communication. In 1632 people, (840 women and 792 men) personal resources were assessed using a questionnaire developed in-house. Biological age was determined by health indicators. The personal typology was determined by testing functional asymmetry, physique, interaction style, emotionality, profession, marital status, gender, age, and place of residence. The data were processed by correlation and cluster analysis and methods of automatic artificial neural networks (ANN). Personal resources were used as input continuous variables. Personality types were used as input categorical variables. The index of relative biological aging (RBA) was applied as an output continuous variable. We also calculated the correlation between the RBA index and the applied personal resources in different types of personalities. For most female types including investigative occupations, psychomotor emotionality, living in urban areas, asthenic physique, negative correlations were found between most personal resources and the aging index. In men, resources that slow down aging are found only for certain types: enterprising and conventional professions, ambidexter and left-handed, intellectual emotionality, athletic physique. In conclusion, with the help of the trained ANN, we selected personal resources that slow down aging. For women of all types, there are common resources reducing RBA index including nature, intellect, and achievements. For men, ANN was unable to find common resources that slow down aging. However, with an individual selection of resources, a trained neural network gives a favorable forecast of the ability to slow down the biological aging of a particular man by changing his hobbies and interests and ways of spending free time.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-12-02
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12120126
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 12 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1812-1832: The HOMESIDE Music Intervention: A
           Training Protocol for Family Carers of People Living with Dementia

    • Authors: Helen Odell-Miller, Laura Blauth, Jodie Bloska, Ania A. Bukowska, Imogen N. Clark, Sarah Crabtree, Runa B. Engen, Solgunn Knardal, Tone K. Kvamme, Kate McMahon, Carina Petrowitz, Agnieszka Smrokowska-Reichmann, Karette Stensæth, Jeanette Tamplin, Thomas Wosch, Nina Wollersberger, Felicity A. Baker
      First page: 1812
      Abstract: Background: The number of people living with dementia (PwD) worldwide is expected to double every 20 years. Many continue living at home, receiving support from family caregivers who may experience significant stress, simultaneously to that of the PwD. Meaningful and effective home-based interventions to support PwD and their caregivers are needed. The development of a theory- and practice-driven online home-based music intervention (MI) is delivered by credentialed music therapists, nested within the HOMESIDE RCT trial. Methods: Dyads including the PwD and their family carer are randomised to MI, reading (RI) or standard care (SC). MI aims to support health wellbeing and quality of life by training caregivers to intentionally use music (singing, instrument playing, movement/dancing, and music listening) with their family member (PwD) in daily routines. MI is underpinned by cognitive, relational, social, and psychological theories of mechanisms of change. Results: Preliminary sub-cohort results analyses show MI can be delivered and is accepted well by participants and music-therapist interventionists across five countries. Conclusions: The specialist skills of a music therapist through MI enable carers to access music when music therapists are not present, to meet carer and PwD needs. Music therapists embrace this changing professional role, observing therapeutic change for members of the dyads.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-12-04
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12120127
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 12 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1572-1580: Admission Grades as Predictors of
           Medical Students’ Academic Performance: A Cross-Sectional Study from
           Saudi Arabia

    • Authors: Ali Hendi, Mohammed S. Mahfouz, Ahmad Y. Alqassim, Anwar Makeen, Mohammed Somaili, Mohammed O. Shami, Abdellh A. Names, Alaa Darraj, Areej Kariri, Asma Ashiri, Abdulaziz H. Alhazmi
      First page: 1572
      Abstract: Background: Admission to medical school is competitive, and different countries use various tests in addition to high school grades to minimize selection bias. A few studies have been conducted to evaluate the usefulness of these tests as predictors for students’ academic performance. In this article, we aimed to assess factors that influenced students’ grades in medical school. Methods: A cross-sectional study included all students who graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Jazan University between 2018 and 2020. Scores of the included participants were extracted from the registry of Jazan University, and additional questions about study habits were completed by the included students. Descriptive, univariate, and multivariate analyses were performed for the factors that impacted academic performance. Results: There were 331 included candidates, and the majority of them were female (53%). About 60% of the participants were medical residents at the time of the study, and 40% were interns. Univariate and multivariate analyses indicated that grades in high school and the pre-requisite tests were positively associated with students’ academic performance. Further, studying more than two hours per day was positively correlated with better grades in medical school. Conclusion: Scores of the admission tests can serve as predictors for student performance in medical school. National studies are deemed essential to evaluate additional admission tests for medical school, an action that would minimize selection bias.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-31
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110110
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1581-1593: Internet Risk Perception: Development
           and Validation of a Scale for Adults

    • Authors: Norma Torres-Hernández, Inmaculada García-Martínez, María-Jesús Gallego-Arrufat
      First page: 1581
      Abstract: Despite the importance of Internet risk perception, no instrument currently exists that measures this awareness in the Spanish population. The goal of this study was to provide information on studies of the validity and reliability of the Internet Risk Perception (IRP) Scale for adult Spanish citizens. We began with a literature review and validation using a mixed panel with 20 participants. We analyzed the degree to which the subjects agreed or disagreed with the criteria evaluated, including contributions for improving the instrument, and performed a pilot test with 517 adults aged 18 to 77. Construct reliability and validity were analyzed using various statistical analyses. The results from the confirmatory factor analysis showed a sufficient accuracy of the data with parameters that indicated an excellent fit for all items. The Spanish version of the scale for adults is a reliable and valid instrument for use in studies that investigate Internet risk perception in people over 18 years of age.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110111
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1594-1606: Perceptions of Behaviors Associated with
           ASD in Others: Knowledge of the Diagnosis Increases Empathy and Improves
           Perceptions of Warmth and Competence

    • Authors: Deven L. Nestorowich, Shannon P. Lupien, Vicki Madaus Knapp
      First page: 1594
      Abstract: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often exhibit atypical social behaviors that some may perceive as odd or discomforting. Given that ASD is largely invisible, it may be difficult to understand why a person is displaying these atypical behaviors, leading to less favorable attitudes. The current study aimed to examine if having an explanation for an individual exhibiting behaviors associated with ASD could improve perceptions of warmth and competence, as well as the amount of empathy felt towards the individual. Participants (n = 82) were presented with a scenario involving two people, one of whom exhibited behaviors consistent with ASD. ASD diagnosis information was manipulated, such that half of the participants were told that the target was diagnosed with ASD, and the other half were given no diagnostic information. Afterwards, participants rated the target. Results indicated that having an explanation for the ASD-related behaviors led to higher ratings of warmth and competence and greater feelings of empathy. Furthermore, empathy mediated the relationship between having the diagnostic information and target ratings. Thus, having an explanation for someone’s behavior may lead to greater feelings of empathy and improve perceptions and understanding. This has important implications for improving education and awareness about behaviors associated with ASD as well as for making the decision of whether or not to disclose one’s diagnosis.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-04
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110112
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1607-1620: Reducing Choice-Blindness' An
           Experimental Study Comparing Experienced Meditators to Non-Meditators

    • Authors: Léa Lachaud, Baptiste Jacquet, Jean Baratgin
      First page: 1607
      Abstract: The mindfulness trait is an intrinsic characteristic of one’s disposition that facilitates awareness of the present moment. Meditation has proven to enhance situational awareness. In this study, we compared the performance of participants that were split into two groups depending on their experience in mindfulness meditation (a control group naive to mindfulness meditation and a group of experienced mindfulness meditators). Choice-blindness happens when people fail to notice mismatches between their intentions and the consequences of decisions. Our task consisted of decisions where participants chose one preferred female facial image from a pair of images for a total of 15 decisions. By reversing the decisions, unbeknownst to the participants, three discrepancies were introduced in an online experimental design. Our results indicate that the likelihood of detecting one or more manipulations was higher in the mindful group compared to the control group. The higher FMI scores of the mindful group did not contribute to this observation; only the practice of mindfulness meditation itself did. Thus, this could be explained by better introspective access and control of reasoning processes acquired during practice and not by the latent characteristics that are attributed to the mindfulness trait.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-06
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110113
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1621-1643: Interpretive Diversity Understanding,
           Parental Practices, and Contextual Factors Involved in Primary School-Age
           Children’s Cheating and Lying Behavior

    • Authors: Narcisa Prodan, Melania Moldovan, Simina Alexandra Cacuci, Laura Visu-Petra
      First page: 1621
      Abstract: Dishonesty is an interpersonal process that relies on sophisticated socio-cognitive mechanisms embedded in a complex network of individual and contextual factors. The present study examined parental rearing practices, bilingualism, socioeconomic status, and children’s interpretive diversity understanding (i.e., the ability to understand the constructive nature of the human mind) in relation to their cheating and lie-telling behavior. 196 school-age children (9-11 years old) participated in a novel trivia game-like temptation resistance paradigm to elicit dishonesty and to verify their interpretive diversity understanding. Results revealed that children’s decision to cheat and lie was positively associated with their understanding of the constructive nature of the human mind and with parental rejection. Children with rejective parents were more likely to lie compared to their counterparts. This may suggest that understanding social interactions and the relationship with caregivers can impact children’s cheating behavior and the extent to which they are willing to deceive about it. Understanding the constructive nature of the mind was also a positive predictor of children’s ability to maintain their lies. Finally, being bilingual and having a higher socioeconomic status positively predicted children’s deception, these intriguing results warranting further research into the complex network of deception influences.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-11
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110114
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1644-1656: Serial Mediation Model of Social Capital
           Effects over Academic Stress in University Students

    • Authors: Mario Eduardo Castro Torres, Pablo Marcelo Vargas-Piérola, Carlos F. Pinto, Rubén Alvarado
      First page: 1644
      Abstract: Background: Although several studies have shown that social capital and social support decreases academic stress (AS), there has been lack of atheoretical model to explain how this occurs. This study aims to verify a model that explains the effect of bonding social capital (BSC) over academic stress psychological symptoms (PsyS), considering the multiple sequential mediation of socio-emotional support (SES), self-efficacy (sEffic) and self-esteem (sEstee). Methods: In a transversal study, 150 undergraduate volunteer students were recruited using non-probabilistic purposive sampling. Data were collected using psychological questionnaires and were processed through partial least squares structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM). Results: Goodness of fit of the models (SRMR = 0.056, 0.057, <HI95) (dULS, dG < HI95), reliability and validity are adequate. The indirect effect of BSC over PsyS (β = −0.196; IC 95% [−0.297, −0.098]) is relevant and significant and is serial mediated by SES and sEffic. Conclusions: From a very precise conceptual definition, a model is generated, within which empirical evidence explains the relationship between BSC and PsyS, emphasizing the role of BSC in the development of personal resources to cope with AS. This can be applied to policies and public health programs that affect these variables.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-16
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110115
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1657-1672: Assessment of ‘Cool’ and
           ‘Hot’ Executive Skills in Children with ADHD: The Role of
           Performance Measures and Behavioral Ratings

    • Authors: Andreia S. Veloso, Selene G. Vicente, Marisa G. Filipe
      First page: 1657
      Abstract: Executive dysfunction is an underlying characteristic of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Therefore, this study explored which measures of executive functions (EF) may lead to a better diagnostic prediction and evaluated whether participants were adequately assigned to the ADHD group based on the identified predictors. Seventeen 6- to 10-year-old children with ADHD were matched with 17 typically developing peers (TD) by age, gender, and non-verbal intelligence. Performance-based measures and behavior ratings of ‘cool’ and ‘hot’ EF were used. As expected, there was a significant group effect on the linear combination of measures, indicating that children with ADHD showed significant difficulties with EF compared to the TD group. In fact, significant differences were found in measures of short-term and working memory, planning, delay aversion, and EF-related behaviors, as reported by parents and teachers. However, the discriminant function analysis only revealed three significant predictors: the General Executive Composite of the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Function (Parent and Teacher Forms) and the Delay of Gratification Task, with 97.1% correct classifications. These findings highlight the importance and contribution of both behavioral ratings and ‘hot’ measures of EF for the characterization of ADHD in children.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-17
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110116
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1673-1681: The Role of Sleep Quality and Physical
           Activity Level on Gait Speed and Brain Hemodynamics Changes in Young
           Adults—A Dual-Task Study

    • Authors: Marina Saraiva, Maria António Castro, João Paulo Vilas-Boas
      First page: 1673
      Abstract: Walking requires attentional resources, and the studies using neuroimage techniques have grown to understand the interaction between cortical activity and motor performance. Previous studies reported a decline in gait performance and changes in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) activity during a dual-task performance compared to walking only. Some lifestyle factors, such as sleep and physical activity (PA) levels, can compromise walking performance and brain activity. Nonetheless, the studies are scarce. This study aimed to assess gait speed and hemodynamic response in the PFC during a cognitive dual-task (cog-DT) compared to walking only, and to analyze the correlation between PA and sleep quality (SQ) with gait performance and hemodynamic response in the PFC during a single task (ST) and cog-DT performance in young adults. A total of 18 healthy young adults (mean age ± SD = 24.11 ± 4.11 years) participated in this study. They performed a single motor task (mot-ST)—normal walking—and a cog-DT—walking while performing a cognitive task on a smartphone. Gait speed was collected using a motion capture system coupled with two force plates. The hemoglobin differences (Hb-diff), oxyhemoglobin ([oxy-Hb]) and deoxyhemoglobin ([deoxy-Hb]) concentrations in the PFC were obtained using functional near-infrared spectroscopy. The SQ and PA were assessed through the Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index and International Physical Activity Questionnaire-Short Form questionnaires, respectively. The results show a decrease in gait speed (p < 0.05), a decrease in [deoxy-Hb] (p < 0.05), and an increase in Hb-diff (p < 0.05) and [oxy-Hb] (p > 0.05) in the prefrontal cortex during the cog-DT compared to the single task. A positive correlation between SQ and Hb-diff during the cog-DT performance was found. In conclusion, the PFC’s hemodynamic response during the cog-DT suggests that young adults prioritize cognitive tasks over motor performance. SQ only correlates with the Hb-diff during the cog-DT, showing that poor sleep quality was associated with increased Hb-diff in the PFC. The gait performance and hemodynamic response do not correlate with physical activity level.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-17
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110117
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1682-1699: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on
           Mental Health and Lifestyle in Thai Occupational Therapy Students: A Mixed
           Method Study

    • Authors: Tiam Srikhamjak, Kanyarak Yanawuth, Kornkamon Sucharittham, Chitsanucha Larprabang, Patcharaporn Wangsattabongkot, Tanyathorn Hauwadhanasuk, Chirathip Thawisuk, Peeradech Thichanpiang, Anuchart Kaunnil
      First page: 1682
      Abstract: The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have led to global reports of hazards to mental health. However, reports regarding lifestyle changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic are lacking. Using a convergent mixed methods design, we conducted individual interviews with twelve occupational therapy students and interpreted the results by content analysis. We completed a survey of Thai Sensory Patterns Assessment (TSPA) concerning perspectives from occupational therapy students (n = 99). They identified two major themes: (i) adaptive responses were consistent with areas of occupation during the COVID-19 pandemic; (ii) multidimensional challenges were related to sensory patterns of purposeful and meaningful activities. The participants reported both positive and negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives. It had both positive and negative effects on the lifestyle of students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The positive effect was that most students learned better ways to protect and care for themselves. During the COVID-19 pandemic, occupational therapy students were most concerned about their online learning activities, economic problems, isolation from society, and lifestyle. The negative effects of this include stress, anxiety, loneliness, frustration, boredom, and exhaustion for occupational therapy students. As an impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, occupational therapy students adapted to new lifestyles and experienced mental health issues related to their studies, families, friends, economics, social climate, and future job opportunities. Educators may use the findings of this study to prevent negative impacts on mental health and promote academic achievement in the future, as well as general well-being, efficacy, and empowerment of students in the new normal post-COVID-19 pandemic era.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-18
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110118
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1700-1702: Editorial of Special Issue “Body
           Image Perception and Body Composition in Different Populations: The Role
           of Physical Education and Sport”

    • Authors: Gianpiero Greco
      First page: 1700
      Abstract: Body image is the dynamic perception of one’s body—how it looks, feels, and moves; it can change with mood, physical experience, and environment [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-20
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110119
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1703-1718: A Pilot Study on the Relationship
           between Cardiovascular Health, Musculoskeletal Health, Physical Fitness
           and Occupational Performance in Firefighters

    • Authors: Jaron Ras, Denise L. Smith, Elpidoforos S. Soteriades, Andre P. Kengne, Lloyd Leach
      First page: 1703
      Abstract: Firefighters’ face life threatening situations and are frequently exposed to numerous physical, chemical, biological, ergonomic and psychosocial hazards. The purpose of this pilot study was to investigate the feasibility of conducting a large-scale study on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, physical fitness and occupational performance of firefighters. We conducted a cross-sectional pilot study by recruiting 36 firefighters. A researcher-generated questionnaire and physical measures were used to collect data on sociodemographic characteristics, cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health, physical fitness and occupational performance using a physical ability test (PAT). We documented a high equipment and intra-assessor reliability (r > 0.9). The potential logistic and/or administrative obstacles in the context of a larger study were discerned. Data were successfully retrieved using available equipment and survey instruments. Hypertension (30.6%) dyslipidaemia (33.3%), obesity (36.1%) and physical inactivity (66.7%) were the most prevalent cardiovascular disease risk factors. A significant difference between genders in total PAT completion time was also seen (p < 0.001). Cardiorespiratory fitness, lean body mass, grip strength and leg strength were significantly associated with occupational performance (p < 0.001). The pilot study supports the larger study feasibility and verified equipment and assessors’ reliability for research. Cardiovascular health, musculoskeletal health and physical fitness may be related to PAT performance.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-11-21
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12110120
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 11 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1441-1462: A Pre-Adolescent and Adolescent Clinical
           Sample Study about Suicidal Ideation, Suicide Attempt, and Self-Harming

    • Authors: Alessia Raffagnato, Sara Iannattone, Rachele Fasolato, Elisa Parolin, Benedetta Ravaglia, Gaia Biscalchin, Annalisa Traverso, Silvia Zanato, Marina Miscioscia, Michela Gatta
      First page: 1441
      Abstract: Suicide is the second cause of death among adolescents, and nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI) is one of the main risk factors for suicidal behavior. However, the possible variables specifically associated with suicidal ideation and suicide attempt, as well as the psychopathological characteristics linked to the concomitant presence of suicidal ideation/attempt and NSSI are still under-investigated in youth. The current study aimed to address these issues in a sample of 174 young Italian inpatients (Mage = 14.3 years ± 1.93, 78.2% girls). Sociodemographic and clinical variables were assessed through psycho-diagnostic interviews and ad hoc questionnaires. A binomial logistic regression was performed to identify the predictors of suicidal ideation and suicide attempt. Then, Kruskal–Wallis tests were run to analyze the psychopathological differences between patients with suicidal ideation and suicide attempt considering the coexistence of NSSI. The results highlighted that previous access to child mental health services and general psychopathological problems significantly predicted suicidal ideation, while previous hospitalizations, borderline personality functioning, and affective disorders significantly predicted suicide attempt. In general, inpatients with also NSSI reported higher levels of internalizing, somatic and total problems, impulsiveness, alexithymia, and emotional dysregulation. The clinical implications of our findings in terms of primary and secondary preventive programs are discussed.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100100
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1463-1470: Perception of Vulnerability and Ruminant
           Thoughts about COVID-19 in Spanish Students

    • Authors: José-María Figueredo, Cristina García-Ael, Gabriela Topa
      First page: 1463
      Abstract: The current situation in schools in relation to COVID-19 can generate a decrease in academic performance due to factors intrinsic to students. Therefore, rumination about COVID-19 could interfere with students’ attention, resulting in a decrease in their academic performance. Therefore, the objective of this study was to explore the relationship between the perception of vulnerability to the disease and rumination about COVID-19 from a cross-sectional sample of post-compulsory education students. The differences in the perception of vulnerability to disease and rumination in different groups were analyzed, separated by gender. Our data suggest a positive relationship between the perception of vulnerability to the disease and ruminants’ thoughts about COVID-19 (r = 0.29). Gender differences are significant, with women having higher scores than men in both variables.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-01
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100101
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1471-1497: Effectiveness of Digital Interventions
           for Deficit-Oriented and Asset-Oriented Psychological Outcomes in the
           Workplace: A Systematic Review and Narrative Synthesis

    • Authors: Maria Armaou, Evangelia Araviaki, Snigdha Dutta, Stathis Konstantinidis, Holly Blake
      First page: 1471
      Abstract: Background: Digital psychological interventions can target deficit-oriented and asset-oriented psychological outcomes in the workplace. This review examined: (a) the effectiveness of digital interventions for psychological well-being at work, (b) associations with workplace outcomes, and (c) associations between interventions’ effectiveness and their theory-base. Methods: six electronic databases were searched for randomised controlled trials (RCT) and quasi-experimental studies. The methodological quality of studies that used randomisation was conducted with the “Cochrane Collaboration’s Risk of Bias” tool, while the “JBI Critical Appraisal Checklist” was used for non-randomised studies. Studies’ theory-base was evaluated using an adaptation of the “theory coding scheme” (TSC). Due to heterogeneity, narrative synthesis was performed. Results: 51 studies were included in a synthesis describing four clusters of digital interventions: (a) cognitive behavioural therapy, (b) stress-management interventions and workplace well-being promotion, (c) meditation training and mindfulness-based interventions, and (d) self-help interventions. Studies demonstrated a high risk of contamination effects and high attrition bias. Theory-informed interventions demonstrated greater effectiveness. Cognitive behavioural therapy demonstrated the most robust evidence for reducing depression symptoms among healthy employees. With the exception of the Headspace application, there was weak evidence for meditation training apps, while relaxation training was a key component of effective stress-management interventions.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-03
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100102
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1498-1499: Introduction to the Special Issue on
           Recent Advances in Mathematics Education

    • Authors: Voskoglou, Mamona-Downs
      First page: 1498
      Abstract: The Special Issue with the title “Recent Advances in Mathematics Education” presents contemporary research outcomes regarding the teaching and learning of Mathematics at all levels of Education [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-04
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100103
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1500-1515: Effects of the Interculturality and
           Mindfulness Program (PIM) in University Students: A Quasi-Experimental
           Study

    • Authors: Roberto Chiodelli, Saúl Neves de Jesus, Luana Thereza Nesi de Mello, Ilana Andretta, Diana Fernandes Oliveira, Maria Emília Santos Costa, Tamara Russell
      First page: 1500
      Abstract: Rates of mental health issues have been increasing among university students. This study investigates the effects of the Interculturality and Mindfulness Program (PIM) on academic students on mindfulness, emotional regulation, depression, anxiety, stress, life satisfaction, optimism, positive solitude, and loneliness. A quasi-experimental research was conducted, with pre- and post-test comparative measurements in three groups: in-person (IG), synchronous online (OG), and passive control (CG). A diverse group of students (n = 150; mean age = 25.4 ± 8.31) participated from two universities in Portugal. When compared to the CG, both active groups (IG and OG) demonstrated a beneficial interaction effect in acceptance, positive solitude, optimism, and mindfulness. The IG demonstrated a positive interaction effect in awareness and satisfaction with life, whereas the OG indicated a favorable interaction effect in impulse. When analyzing the intra-group effects, both active groups presented a significant improvement in stress, emotion regulation, mindfulness, positive solitude, and optimism. The OG demonstrated an improvement in awareness and loneliness. The main limitations of this research are that students were not randomly assigned, and groups were heterogeneous in nationality, education level, and sex. Nonetheless, PIM has indicated beneficial results in both IG and OG, and is a promising intervention for the prevention of mental health issues (e.g., stress, difficulties in emotional regulation, and loneliness), as well as for the promotion of well-being (e.g., positive solitude, mindfulness, life satisfaction, and optimism).
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-05
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100104
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1516-1517: Correction: Krause et al. Higher Order
           Thinking by Setting and Debriefing Tasks in Dutch Geography Lessons. Eur.
           J. Investig. Health Psychol. Educ. 2022, 12, 11–27

    • Authors: Uwe Krause, Tine Béneker, Jan van Tartwijk
      First page: 1516
      Abstract: In the original publication [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-09
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100105
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1518-1520: Introduction to The Special Issue
           “Safety Training Effectiveness: A Research Agenda”

    • Authors: Federico Ricci, Fabrizio Bracco
      First page: 1518
      Abstract: This Special Issue, “Safety Training Effectiveness: A Research Agenda,” aims to address training as one of the many elements that play a role in determining so-called safety outcomes [...]
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-19
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100106
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1521-1534: An International Study of Correlates of
           Women’s Positive Body Image

    • Authors: 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, Toni Babarović
      First page: 1521
      Abstract: 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.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-19
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100107
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1535-1558: Effect of Indian Music as an Auditory
           Stimulus on Physiological Measures of Stress, Anxiety, Cardiovascular and
           Autonomic Responses in Humans—A Randomized Controlled Trial

    • Authors: Kirthana Kunikullaya Ubrangala, Radhika Kunnavil, Mamta Sanjeeva Vernekar, Jaisri Goturu, Vijayadas, V. S. Prakash, Nandagudi Srinivasa Murthy
      First page: 1535
      Abstract: Among the different anthropogenic stimuli humans are exposed to, the psychological and cardiovascular effects of auditory stimuli are less understood. This study aims to explore the possible range of change after a single session of auditory stimulation with three different ‘Modes’ of musical stimuli (MS) on anxiety, biomarkers of stress, and cardiovascular parameters among healthy young individuals. In this randomized control trial, 140 healthy young adults, aged 18–30 years, were randomly assigned to three MS groups (Mode/Raga Miyan ki Todi, Malkauns, and Puriya) and one control group (natural sounds). The outcome measurements of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, salivary alpha-amylase (sAA), salivary cortisol (sCort), blood pressure, and heart rate variability (HRV) were collected at three time points: before (M1), during (M2), and after the intervention (M3). State anxiety was reduced significantly with raga Puriya (p = 0.018), followed by raga Malkauns and raga Miyan Ki Todi. All the groups showed a significant reduction in sAA. Raga Miyan ki Todi and Puriya caused an arousal effect (as evidenced by HRV) during the intervention and significant relaxation after the intervention (both p < 0.005). Raga Malkauns and the control group had a sustained rise in parasympathetic activity over 30 min. Future studies should try to use other modes and features to develop a better scientific foundation for the use of Indian music in medicine.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-19
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100108
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
  • EJIHPE, Vol. 12, Pages 1559-1571: Emotion Dysregulation and Conspiracy
           Beliefs about COVID-19: The Moderating Role of Critical Social Media Use

    • Authors: Cristiano Scandurra, Rosa Pizzo, Luca Emanuel Pinto, Claudia Cafasso, Renata Pellegrini, Federica Cafaggi, Oriana D’Anna, Benedetta Muzii, Vincenzo Bochicchio, Nelson Mauro Maldonato
      First page: 1559
      Abstract: As COVID-19 has spread worldwide, conspiracy theories have proliferated rapidly on social media platforms, adversely affecting public health. For this reason, media literacy interventions have been highly recommended, although the impact of critical social media use on the development of COVID-19 conspiracy theories has not yet been empirically studied. Moreover, emotional dysregulation may play another crucial role in the development of such theories, as they are often associated with stress, anxiety, lack of control, and other negative emotions. Therefore, the aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that emotion dysregulation would be positively associated with conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19 and that critical use of social media would attenuate this association. Data from 930 Italian participants (339 men and 591 women) were collected online during the third wave of the COVID-19 outbreak. A moderated model was tested using the PROCESS Macro for SPSS. Results showed that: (1) emotion dysregulation and critical social media use accounted for a significant proportion of the variance in conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19; and (2) critical social media use moderated the effect of emotion dysregulation on conspiracy beliefs about COVID-19. Implications for preventing the spread of conspiracy theories are discussed.
      Citation: European Journal of Investigation in Health, Psychology and Education
      PubDate: 2022-10-20
      DOI: 10.3390/ejihpe12100109
      Issue No: Vol. 12, No. 10 (2022)
       
 
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