Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services (J PSYCHOSOC NURS MEN)

Publisher: Slack

Journal description

The Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services is the only monthly peer-reviewed publication for mental health nurses in clinical, academic, and research positions in a variety of community and institutional settings. The Journal provides the most up-to-date, practical information available for today's psychosocial nurse. Original articles and regular features are presented in a full-color magazine format. In addition to full-length scholarly articles, the Journal publishes short articles about new clinical approaches; new ways to organize departments, develop programs, or motivate staff; first-person accounts; and opinion pieces.

Current impact factor: 0.72

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.723
2013 Impact Factor 0.873
2012 Impact Factor 0.825
2011 Impact Factor 0.48
2010 Impact Factor 0.528
2009 Impact Factor 0.707

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.76
Cited half-life 6.60
Immediacy index 0.23
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.18
Website Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services website
Other titles Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services
ISSN 0279-3695
OCLC 7816794
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details


  • Pre-print
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  • Post-print
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  • Restrictions
    • 12 months embargo
  • Conditions
    • On Institutional Repositories
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • NIH authors may deposit in PubMed Central after 12 months
    • Must link to publisher version
    • Publisher last reviewed on 21/04/2015
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Adults with mental illness are at increased risk of being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome and consequently cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and stroke. The current article explores community-based interventions to decrease the risk of metabolic syndrome by changing health behaviors among adults with serious mental illness (SMI). Ovid Medline, PsycINFO, and CINAHL were searched for nonpharmacological studies of behavioral or lifestyle interventions addressing risk of metabolic syndrome among adults with SMI. Thirteen studies, seven with statistically significant results, were included in the review. Despite the well-known risks of metabolic syndrome, the majority of available studies had small samples with insufficient power. There was little consistency in methods or outcome measures. Studies that were client-directed and involved peer and staff support appeared most useful in changing health behaviors and improving quality of life. Further research is needed to guide nursing practice in implementing effective methods to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome in community-dwelling adults with SMI. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, xx(x), xx-xx.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151109-02
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    ABSTRACT: Older adults who present with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have an increased risk of developing more advanced dementia. However, no pharmacological treatment currently exists to slow the progression of or reverse MCI. The purpose of the current systematic review is to summarize evidence surrounding the impact of exercise interventions on the cognitive performance levels of community-dwelling older adults with MCI. Computerized database and ancestry search strategies located distinct intervention trials between 1990 and 2015. Results indicated that physical exercise may benefit cognitive function among older adults who have MCI, including improvements in global cognition, executive function, memory, attention, and processing speed. Physical exercise may also positively impact the physiology of the aging brain. However, evidence surrounding the characteristics of effective physical exercise interventions in terms of exercise type, intensity, duration, and frequency remains limited. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, xx(x), xx-xx.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151109-03

  • Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; 53(11):13-15. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151023-22
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    ABSTRACT: Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on college campuses is a serious and often underdiagnosed condition. The current investigation analyzed current best practice guidelines for the management of ADHD in a mid-sized university in the Midwestern United States. Best practices were identified through a review of current evidence-based literature on ADHD management. A data collection tool was developed and used to organize data and determine adherence with best practice guidelines. Investigators revealed that policy and procedures followed best practice guidelines. Development and implementation of ADHD protocols on college campuses allows nurse practitioners to confidently provide safe, quality care to patients diagnosed with ADHD. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(11), 46-51.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; 53(11):46-51. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151021-03
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    ABSTRACT: Buspirone, first synthesized in 1968 and marketed in 1986, is a pharmacologically unique azapirone drug. It is effective for treating generalized anxiety, but not other anxiety disorders. Buspirone also is efficacious for depression, either alone or together with an antidepressant drug, and for treating adverse sexual effects. Studies of buspirone for substance use disorders have had disappointing outcomes, although it may be useful for treating coexisting anxiety and one controlled study suggested efficacy for heroin detoxification. Buspirone may be considered a treatment option for managing irritability, agitation, and aggression in older adult patients with dementia as well as in pediatric patients, although additional effectiveness studies are warranted. Buspirone and melatonin may synergistically promote neurogenesis, supporting the potential use of this combination for treating depression and cognitive impairment. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(11), 21-24.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; 53(11):21-24. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151022-01
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    ABSTRACT: The current article describes preliminary psychometric testing of the Psychosocial Vital Signs (PVS) Assessment Tool, a tool for assessing psychosocial variables of health to enhance holistic patient-centered care. The five psychometric measurements of the PVS Assessment Tool include four patient self-reporting items: (a) perception, (b) support, (c) coping, (d) anxiety, and one clinician observation item of (e) anxiety level. A simple psychometric design was used for testing the PVS Assessment Tool for internal reliability among the five measurement items and interrater reliability of the clinician observation item of anxiety level. A convenience sample of nursing students was used to test the tool. Thirty-two tools were used for testing internal reliability and 29 paired tools were used for interrater reliability testing of the clinician observation item. A Cronbach's alpha of 0.806 determined satisfactory internal reliability and a Cohen's kappa of 0.808 determined satisfactory interrater reliability. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(11), 39-45.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; 53(11):39-45. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20150915-01
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    ABSTRACT: Depression is common in older home health patients and increases their risk of adverse outcomes. Depression screening is required by Medicare's Outcome and Assessment Information Set. The Depression Care for Patients at Home (CAREPATH) was developed as a feasible strategy for home health nurses to manage depression in their patients. The protocol builds on nurses' existing clinical skills and is designed to fit within routine home visits. Major components include ongoing clinical assessment, care coordination, medication management, education, and goal setting. In a randomized trial, Depression CAREPATH patients had greater improvement in depressive symptoms compared to usual care. The difference between groups was significant at 3 months, growing larger and more clinically meaningful over 1 year. The intervention had no impact on patient length of stay, number of home visits, or duration of visits. Thus, nurses can play a pivotal role in the long-term course and outcomes of patients with depression. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(11), 25-30.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; 53(11):25-30. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151021-01
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the validity of a single-item, self-rated mental health (SRMH) measure in the identification of women at risk for depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Baseline data of 239 low-income women participating in an intimate partner violence (IPV) intervention study were analyzed. PTSD was measured with the Davidson Trauma Scale. Risk for depression was determined using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. SRMH was assessed with a single item asking participants to rate their mental health at the time of the baseline interview. Single-item measures can be an efficient way to increase the proportion of patients screened for mental health disorders. Although SRMH is not a strong indicator of PTSD, it may be useful in identifying pregnant women who are at increased risk for depression and need further comprehensive assessment in the clinical setting. Future research examining the use of SRMH among high-risk populations is needed. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(11), 32-38.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 11/2015; 53(11):32-38. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151021-02
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    ABSTRACT: Limited capacity in a psychiatric unit contributes to long emergency department (ED) admission wait times. Regulatory and accrediting agencies urge hospitals nationally to improve patient flow for better access to care for all types of patients. The purpose of the current study was to decrease psychiatric admission wait time from 10.5 to 8 hours and increase the proportion of patients discharged by 11 a.m. from 20% to 50%. The current study compared pre- and post-intervention data. Plan-Do-Study-Act cycles aimed to improve discharge processes and timeliness through initiation of new practices. Admission wait time improved to an average of 5.1 hours (t = 3.87, p = 0.006). The proportion of discharges occurring by 11 a.m. increased to 46% (odds ratio = 3.42, p < 0.0001). Improving discharge planning processes and timeliness in a psychiatric unit significantly decreased admission wait time from the ED, improving access to psychiatric care. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, xx(x), xx-xx.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151020-02
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    ABSTRACT: One in 139 women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Thirty-four years into the epidemic, stigma remains part of the trajectory of the disease process for all individuals with HIV. Stigma associated with HIV makes it difficult for women to access HIV testing and counseling, disclose HIV status to sexual partners and health care providers, seek and remain actively engaged in medical care, effectively self-manage the disease after diagnosis, and adhere to antiretroviral therapy. The current article reports the qualitative results from a study designed to test the feasibility and acceptability of a technologically delivered stigma intervention for women with HIV in the Southeastern United States. Qualitative analysis revealed women with HIV uniformly experience, anticipate, and/or internalize stigma associated with HIV. Consequently, women with HIV experience isolation and a threat to self-concept as they make decisions about disclosure, work to maintain the secrecy of their HIV status, and contemplate a future. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, xx(x), xx-xx.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151020-01
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    ABSTRACT: The current study aimed to (a) evaluate the effectiveness of motivational interviewing, as applied by a community mental health team (CMHT) based in Singapore; (b) reduce hospital admissions and length of hospital stay; and (c) improve global functioning and satisfaction of individuals with mental illness. The current study used a quasi-experimental method. A convenience sample of 120 participants was selected from the caseload of the CMHT. Participants received motivational interviewing sessions at least once every month for 1 year. Data on the number of hospital admissions, length of hospitalization, Global Assessment of Functioning, and patient satisfaction were collected at baseline and 6 and 12 months. Participants who underwent the CMHT services with motivational interviewing were more compliant to treatment, resulting in significant reduction in hospitalization and improvement in functionality. Motivational interviewing is effective in facilitating better illness management for patients in the community. Adoption of the motivational interviewing approach may potentially provide significant benefits for psychiatric support services in the community. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, xx(x), xx-xx.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; DOI:10.3928/02793695-20151020-03
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    ABSTRACT: Choking, cutting, and setting oneself on fire are just a few of the risky behaviors that the YouTube video sharing website has allowed youth around the world to view, emulate, and comment on. Some researchers contend that the viewing of videos may normalize these behaviors for youth. Disturbing current trends are explored to illustrate the darker side of YouTube. Psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMHNs) are in key positions to help parents and youth better understand the benefits and risks of social networking sites, including YouTube, and to encourage healthy and safe use of the Internet. Nursing implications are offered for PMHNs, educators, health care providers, and parents who have contact with this population. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(10), 25-29.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; 53(10):25-29. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20150908-01

  • Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; 53(10):13-15. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20150923-22
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    ABSTRACT: Individuals who are incarcerated experience disparities in mental health, warranting study by nurse researchers. However, nurse researchers' unfamiliarity with the jail environment may pose a barrier to conducting research with this vulnerable population. The current article presents an account of the planning and implementation needed to study perceived health and gambling behavior in county jail inmates. The challenges and rewards of research that aim to better understand the mental health issues affecting this population are also identified. Developing relationships with jail personnel and understanding the incarcerated population and their surroundings are key to conducting research in this environment. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(10), 60-64.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; 53(10):60-64. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20150923-05
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    ABSTRACT: The current study explored the type and number of problematic Internet experiences (PIE) encountered by psychiatric-mental health nurses (PMHN) in clinical practice and analyzed PMHNs' clinical cases of clients with PIE. A mixed-methods quantitative survey with a qualitative component measured the types and number of PIE cases via a descriptive survey and derived themes using narrative inquiry methodology from written case descriptions. A sample of 16 PMHNs provided quantitative data and nine participants summarized clinical cases. PMHNs reported 92 adult and 33 child cases of PIE. Six themes were derived from the narrative data: (a) searching for pornography; (b) developing online romantic relationships; (c) online gaming is ruining my life; (d) spending excessive time on the Internet; (e) coming to terms with online sexual behaviors and addiction; and (f) cyberbullying. Implications for PMHN practice include the need for further assessment and intervention as PIE increase in the future. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(10), 31-40.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; 53(10):31-40. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20150923-02
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    ABSTRACT: Microorganisms inhabiting the gut exist in a symbiotic relationship with our bodies, performing many essential metabolic tasks for human physiology. The gut-brain axis is a bidirectional communication system integrating neural, hormonal, and immunological signaling between the gut and brain. There is strong experimental evidence from animal studies that the intestinal microbiome has an important role in the control of brain development, function, and behavior. A small number of clinical studies, mainly in healthy individuals, using probiotic formulations as an experimental probe suggest that gut bugs may indeed act like a drug and affect the brain, but much more work is needed. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(10), 22-24.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 10/2015; 53(10):22-24. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20150923-01
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    ABSTRACT: Community Aged Intensive Recovery (CAIR) programs are an integral part of Aged Persons Mental Health Services (APMHS); however, no study has investigated whether a rural-based intensive program benefits older clients with severe mental illness. The current sample comprised 119 older adults who were being managed by a CAIR program from July 2011 to June 2013. Three key results were found: (a) approximately three quarters of clients admitted to the CAIR program remained treated in the community; (b) the program assisted in significantly reducing the level of psychiatric symptom severity from CAIR entry to CAIR exit; and (c) the APMHS team with the CAIR program had a lower psychiatric inpatient rate compared to the APMHS team without the program. The current study highlights the importance of delivering effective rural-based CAIR programs to older adults experiencing severe mental illness. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 53(9), 17-21.].
    Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 09/2015; 53(9):17-21. DOI:10.3928/02793695-20150622-03