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Health psychology

The health psychology section includes studies focused on the empirical relationship between psychological factors in behavior and health. It publishes original scholarly articles that address topics such as contextual and behavioral factors that may contribute to illness and disease prevention, reviews of approaches in the health field, protective and risk factors in health, promotion strategies and health education, pediatric psychology, psycho-oncology, healthy aging, and evaluation and dissemination of interventions in health psychology.

  1. Psychometric studies of the FACES III scale in Spanish-speaking countries show a lack of agreement on the factorial structure of the scale. In addition, most of the studies have only performed exploratory anal...

    Authors: Lindsey W. Vilca, Víctor Díaz-Narváez, Aracelis Calzadilla-Núñez, Claudia Arispe-Alburqueque, Susana Facio Arciniega, María Alejandra Orostegui, Herminia Castellón-Montenegro, Karina Santander, Claudio López-Labarca, Guiomar Hernández Álvarez, Shirley Fernández-Aragón, Luz Marina Alonso Palacio, Alejandro Reyes-Reyes and Marco Cervantes Mendoza
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2024 37:5
  2. The objective of this study was to identify predictors of intention to be vaccinated against Monkeypox (Mpox) in a sample of Peruvian citizens. 

    Authors: Tomás Caycho-Rodríguez, Pablo D. Valencia, José Ventura-León, Carlos Carbajal-León, Lindsey W. Vilca, Miguel Gallegos, Mario Reyes-Bossio, Martin Noe-Grijalva, Mariel Delgado-Campusano, Águeda Muñoz del Carpio Toia, Julio Torales and Nicol A. Barria-Asenjo
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:39
  3. The study investigated the effects of a short video app guided loving-kindness meditation (LKM) on college students’ mindfulness, self-compassion, positive psychological capital, and suicide ideation. The purp...

    Authors: Chao Liu, Hao Chen, Ayuan Zhang, XiaoGang Gong, Kan Wu, Chia-Yih Liu and Wen-Ko Chiou
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:32
  4. Protective behaviors were essential for minimizing the spread of the virus during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. It is often assumed that awareness of bodily sensations (interoception) can i...

    Authors: Luca Vig, Eszter Ferentzi and Ferenc Köteles
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:23
  5. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed unprecedented burdens on individuals and communities around the world. The isolation, fear, and uncertainty caused by the virus has led to increased rates of anxiety, depressio...

    Authors: Bruna M. C. Coutinho, Luis F. C. Anunciação, Jesus Landeira-Fernandez and Thomas E. Krahe
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:22
  6. Music-based interventions are promising for cognitive rehabilitation in Parkinson’s disease; however, systematic reviews covering the topic are scarce.

    Authors: Leonardo Francisco Citon and Amer Cavalheiro Hamdan
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:20
  7. Interpersonal relationships, as an important variable affecting the physical and mental health and future development of individuals, were used to construct a structural equation model between physical activit...

    Authors: Chong Liu and Zongchen Sun
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:18

    The Correction to this article has been published in Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:27

  8. Thousands of people have died of COVID-19 in El Salvador. However, little is known about the mental health of those who are mourning the loss of a loved one to COVID-19. Therefore, the objective of this study ...

    Authors: Marlon Elías Lobos-Rivera, Angélica Nohemy Flores-Monterrosa, Jennifer Carolina Tejada-Rodríguez, Edgardo René Chacón-Andrade, Tomás Caycho-Rodríguez, Sherman A. Lee, Pablo D. Valencia, Carlos Carbajal-León, Lindsey W. Vilca, Mario Reyes-Bossio and Miguel Gallegos
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:9
  9. Depression in aging may lead to loss of autonomy and worsening of comorbidities. Understanding how positive attributes contribute to healthier and happier aging has been one of the purposes of Positive Psychol...

    Authors: Sabrina Braga dos Santos, Wagner de Lara Machado, Liana Lisboa Fernandez, Analuiza Camozatto de Pádua, Sofia Hoffmann, Prisla Ücker Calvetti, Bruno Luis Schaab and Caroline Tozzi Reppold
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2023 36:2
  10. Insomnia is the most prevalent sleep disorder in women. Sociodemographic, cognitive, and psychological factors may contribute to its severity. This study evaluated factors associated with severe insomnia in wo...

    Authors: Renatha El Rafihi-Ferreira, Marwin Machay Indio do Brasil do Carmo, Lucas Bassolli, Rosa Hasan, Isabela Mayumi Nishino Aizawa and Andrea Cecilia Toscanini
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2022 35:39
  11. Pandemic-induced lockdowns disrupted sport training and competition. We aimed to identify the impact on the mental health of high-level athletes and clarify whether the effects differ for team-based and indivi...

    Authors: Jose I. Salles, Carolina Silva, Aline Wolff, Ludmilla Orwert, Pedro Ribeiro, Bruna Velasques and Dylan Morrissey
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2022 35:33
  12. Recommendations for using evidence-based practices have become increasingly common in services for individuals diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). The aim of this study was to conduct a narrative ...

    Authors: Cássia Leal da Hora and Ana Carolina Sella
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2022 35:23
  13. A scoping review of systematic reviews was carried out to identify evidence of efficacy, effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness of universal and selective suicide prevention programs among university students w...

    Authors: Hareli Fernanda Garcia Cecchin, Sheila Giardini Murta, Etiene Oliveira Silva de Macedo and Rafael Alberto Moore
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2022 35:22
  14. Terapia Analítico-Comportamental (TAC) (in English, behavioral-analytic therapy, behavior therapy, or clinical behavior analysis) is a possible intervention for cases of anxiety and depression, but it still ha...

    Authors: Alexandre Aguiar Victuri and Alessandra Turini Bolsoni-Silva
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2022 35:21
  15. Pregnancy is a period when women are particularly vulnerable to suicidal ideation and a great opportunity for suicide risk prevention.

    Authors: Pilar Carolina Castelao Legazpi, María F. Rodríguez-Muñoz, María Eugenia Olivares-Crespo and Nuria Izquierdo-Méndez
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2022 35:13
  16. Recent literature emphasizes how the specific stressors of the COVID-19 outbreak affect the general population and frontline professionals, including those conducting support or backup activities in health uni...

    Authors: Miryam Cristina Mazieiro Vergueiro da Silva, Bruno Ioschpe, Fernanda Santos Diniz, Graça Maria Ramos de Oliveira, Fabiana Saffi, Amanda Rafaella Abreu Soares, Cristiana Castanho de Almeida Rocca and Antonio de Pádua Serafim
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2022 35:2
  17. The objective of this study was to perform a meta-analysis of publications that reported the association between dispositional optimism and depression during youth, analyzing if the strength of this relationsh...

    Authors: Fabio Alexis Rincón Uribe, Silvia Botelho de Oliveira, Amauri Gouveia Junior and Janari da Silva Pedroso
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:37
  18. For youth in geopolitically at-risk environments, such as Palestine, the issues related to Internet overuse and addictions are complex. Youth residing in the occupied territories of Palestine as in other highl...

    Authors: Saida Affouneh, Fayez Azez Mahamid, Denise Ziya Berte, Ali Z. Shaqour and Marouf Shayeb
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:19
  19. One of the most serious socio-educational measures for children and adolescents in conflict with the law in Brazil is their internment. This measure may represent an additional source of stress to this populat...

    Authors: Manuella C. da Silva, Antonio Pedro M. Cruz and Maria O. Teixeira
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:17

    The Correction to this article has been published in Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:22

  20. A scoping review, based on the RE-AIM framework, was conducted to analyze evidence of reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of the Strengthening Families Program (10-14), a preventive...

    Authors: Nádia P. Pinheiro-Carozzo, Sheila G. Murta, Luís Gustavo do A. Vinha, Isabela M. da Silva and Anne Marie G. V. Fontaine
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:16
  21. The past two decades have witnessed a proliferation of positive psychological interventions for clinical and non-clinical populations, and recent research, including meta-analyses, is providing evidence of its...

    Authors: Susana Gorbeña, Leila Govillard, Ignacio Gómez, Sare Sarrionandia, Patricia Macía, Patricia Penas and Ioseba Iraurgi
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:7
  22. This study evaluated the effects in the pain and sleep, and the clinic significance after an analytic-behavioral intervention to manage the condition of the physical and interpersonal environment related to pa...

    Authors: Luziane de Fátima Kirchner and Maria de Jesus Dutra dos Reis
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:5

    The Correction to this article has been published in Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2021 34:8

  23. The emergence of information and communication technologies (ICT) has generated a number of research questions, related to their use and potential risk, but also potentials for prevention or health promotion. ...

    Authors: José Antonio García del Castillo, Álvaro García del Castillo-López, Paulo César Dias and Fernando García-Castillo
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2020 33:13
  24. Predictors of problematic smartphone use have been found mainly in studies on elementary and high school students. Few studies have focused on predictors related to social network and messaging apps or smartph...

    Authors: Paulo Guirro Laurence, Yuri Busin, Helena Scoz da Cunha Lima and Elizeu Coutinho Macedo
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2020 33:8
  25. The literature shows that retirement can bring both positive and negative effects. However, there are few tested interventions for preparing workers for this transition and avoiding or minimizing its negative ...

    Authors: Leonardo Martins Barbosa and Sheila Giardini Murta
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2019 32:24
  26. Peers are the preferred source of help for Brazilian adolescents who experience dating violence. However, they are not always the best informants for effective responses for dealing with situations of violence...

    Authors: Karine Brito dos Santos, Sheila Giardini Murta, Luis Gustavo do Amaral Vinha and Juliana Silva de Deus
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2019 32:20
  27. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the association between psychosocial aspects at work and dissatisfaction among health workers in five cities in Bahia, Brazil.

    Authors: Camila Carvalho de Sousa, Tânia Maria de Araújo, Iracema Lua and Mariana Rabelo Gomes
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2019 32:18
  28. Crack use has become a severe health problem in Brazil. Contingency management has shown robust evidence of efficacy in the treatment of cocaine use disorder (CUD) in high-income countries; however, it is stil...

    Authors: André de Queiroz Constantino Miguel, Clarice Sandi Madruga, Viviane Simões, Rodolfo Yamauchi, Claudio Jerônimo da Silva, Michael McDonell, Sterling McPherson, John Roll, Ronaldo Ramos Laranjeira and Jair de Jesus Mari
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2019 32:14
  29. Dialectical behavior therapy conceptualizes problematic behaviors as attempts to regulate emotions that occur when the individual lacks effective skills with which to manage his or her emotions and cope with d...

    Authors: Lucas André Schuster de Souza, Ana Carolina Maciel Cancian, Thiago Gomes de Castro and Margareth da Silva Oliveira
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2019 32:1
  30. The objective of this study was to describe and evaluate the effects of a pilot intervention on perceived stress, knowledge about hypertension, and illness perception among hypertensive and normotensive worker...

    Authors: Gerusa Estelita Pires, Ana Carolina Peuker and Elisa Kern Castro
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2017 30:26
  31. This paper discusses the Intervention Mapping (IM) protocol for planning theory- and evidence-based behavior change interventions. IM has been developed in the field of health promotion in 1998 and has mostly ...

    Authors: Gerjo Kok, Louk W. H. Peters and Robert A. C. Ruiter
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2017 30:19
  32. The main objective of this study was to evaluate ex post facto resilience in persons with HIV infection and its relationship to socio-demographic and sexual behavior variables. Participants included 159 person...

    Authors: Ludgleydson Fernandes de Araújo, Inmaculada Teva, José Hernández Quero, Antonio Ortega Reyes and María de la Paz Bermúdez
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2017 30:21
  33. This is a cross-sectional analysis of a follow-up study to examine the perceptions of mothers treated at public health centers, regarding their own diets and the diets of their children aged 2–3. Among the 464...

    Authors: Mônica Cristina Broilo, Márcia Regina Vitolo, Lucia Marques Stenzel and Daniela Centenaro Levandowski
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2017 30:13
  34. Adolescents living in vulnerable regions are more exposed to risk factors for drug use. The prevention of such use in school is a public policy that needs evaluation. Based on technical criteria and derived fr...

    Authors: Elizeu Borloti, Maria Victoria Hidalgo García, Virginia Sanchez Jiménez and Maria Fátima Oliver Sudbrack
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2017 30:1
  35. Low levels of social skills in drug users are reported in the literature. However, specific characteristics of these users need to be identified and comprehended. Thus, we aim to evaluate and compare the socia...

    Authors: Ilana Andretta, Jéssica Limberger and Jaluza Aimèe Schneider
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:45
  36. Accumulation of abdominal adiposity (AA) constitutes a risk factor for heart and coronary diseases and for metabolic complications. Research suggests that stress is related to adipogenesis. The burnout syndrom...

    Authors: Magno Conceição das Merces, Douglas de Souza e Silva, Iracema Lua, Daniela Sousa Oliveira, Marcio Costa de Souza and Argemiro D’Oliveira Júnior
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:44
  37. Animal-assisted intervention (AAI) is an approach recently introduced into the hospital environment to improve the quality of hospitalization and provide important benefits for patients with chronic diseases a...

    Authors: Tatiane Ichitani and Maria Claudia Cunha
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:43
  38. Several studies have indicated that adolescents with disabilities are more dissatisfied with their quality-of-life and have more complaints regarding their health in comparison to their nondisabled peers.

    Authors: Lúcia Canha, Celeste Simões, Margarida Gaspar Matos and Laura Owens
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:32
  39. The relationship between the presence of depression, as measured by total score on the GDS-15 scale, and both pre-frailty and frailty status in community-dwelling elderly was determined. Two thousand four hund...

    Authors: Priscila Pascarelli Pedrico Nascimento, Samila Sathler Tavares Batistoni and Anita Liberalesso Neri
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:16
  40. Pediatric communication directly contributes to treatment adherence, fewer symptoms, better clinical responses, healthier treatment adaptation and management of psychosocial issues. This study aimed to evaluat...

    Authors: Marina Kohlsdorf and Áderson Luiz Costa Junior
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:15
  41. Causal attribution among women with breast cancer was studied. The study included 157 women outpatients with breast cancer. A form for sociodemographic and clinical data and the Revised Illness Perception Ques...

    Authors: Ana Carolina W. B. Peuker, Maria Júlia Armiliato, Luisa V. de Souza and Elisa K. de Castro
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:4
  42. Adolescence’s changes may become more pronounced when living with a chronic condition (CC). This study aims to examined the differences in satisfaction with family life, perception of school competence and “pr...

    Authors: Teresa Santos, Margarida Gaspar de Matos, Maria Celeste Simões and Maria do Céu Machado
    Citation: Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica 2016 29:3

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