The Spanish Journal of Psychology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Facultad de Psicología, Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Journal description

Su objetivo es promover la difusión internacional de investigaciones empíricas y propuestas metodológicas relevantes en varias áreas de investigación dentro de la psicología.

Current impact factor: 0.74

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2009 Impact Factor 0.835

Additional details

5-year impact 0.95
Cited half-life 3.80
Immediacy index 0.08
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.26
Website Spanish Journal of Psychology website
Other titles Spanish journal of psychology (Online)
ISSN 1138-7416
OCLC 85455062
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

Cambridge University Press (CUP)

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Comparative optimism can be defined as a self-serving, asymmetric judgment of the future. It is often thought to be beneficial and socially accepted, whereas comparative pessimism is correlated with depression and socially rejected. Our goal was to examine the social acceptance of comparative optimism and the social rejection of comparative pessimism in two dimensions of social judgment, social desirability and social utility, considering the attributions of dysphoria and risk-taking potential (studies 2 and 3) on outlooks on the future. In three experiments, the participants assessed either one (study 1) or several (studies 2 and 3) fictional targets in two dimensions, social utility and social desirability. Targets exhibiting comparatively optimistic or pessimistic outlooks on the future were presented as non-depressed, depressed, or neither (control condition) (study 1); non-depressed or depressed (study 2); and non-depressed or in control condition (study 3). Two significant results were obtained: (1) social rejection of comparative pessimism in the social desirability dimension, which can be explained by its depressive feature; and (2) comparative optimism was socially accepted on the social utility dimension, which can be explained by the perception that comparatively optimistic individuals are potential risk-takers.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 03/2015; 18(e10).
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    ABSTRACT: Studies have highlighted the role of early Executive Functioning (EF) interventions with regard to preventing behavioral and mental health problems. In this sense, interventions to promote EF have been developed and tested; however, in Latin America, evidence of early EF-related interventions is still limited. We developed a program for EF promotion in children and applied it to first-grade students. Sixty-eight six-year-old children and their five teachers were divided into an experimental group (EG) and a control group (CG). EG teachers administered the Intervention Program for Self-regulation and Executive Functions in a classroom context. The results of the ANCOVAs showed that children in the EG had significantly better performance in measures of cognitive flexibility (Trail Making Test for Preschoolers; p = .05), attention (Cancellation Attention Test – errors in the Part 3; p = .027), inhibition (Simon Task – interference score in the part 1; p = .008 and interference reaction time in the part 2; p = .010), and planning (CHEXI - planning scale; p = .041) than those in the CG. The results show that EF can be promoted using classroom intervention in public schools. These results expand previous findings for Latin America.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 03/2015; 18:e8. DOI:10.1017/sjp.2015.4
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    ABSTRACT: This study assesses attention and response control through visual and auditory stimuli in a primary care pediatric sample. The sample consisted of 191 participants aged between 7 and 13 years old. It was divided into 2 groups: (a) 90 children with ADHD, according to diagnostic (DSM-IV-TR) (APA, 2002) and clinical (ADHD Rating Scale-IV) (DuPaul, Power, Anastopoulos, & Reid, 1998) criteria, and (b) 101 children without a history of ADHD. The aims were: (a) to determine and compare the performance of both groups in attention and response control, (b) to identify attention and response control deficits in the ADHD group. Assessments were carried out using the Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test (IVA/CPT, Sandford & Turner, 2002). Results showed that the ADHD group had visual and auditory attention deficits, F(3, 170) = 14.38; p < .01, deficits in fine motor regulation (Welch´s t-test = 44.768; p < .001) and sensory/motor activity (Welch'st-test = 95.683, p < .001; Welch's t-test = 79.537, p < .001). Both groups exhibited a similar performance in response control, F(3, 170) = .93, p = .43.Children with ADHD showed inattention, mental processing speed deficits, and loss of concentration with visual stimuli. Both groups yielded a better performance in attention with auditory stimuli.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 01/2015; 18:E1. DOI:10.1017/sjp.2015.2
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to investigate differences in family functioning between families with clinical subjects in paediatric age and families taken from the Italian population. To this aim we used the Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scale (FACES). Participants were children diagnosed with a psychopathology, recruited into the psychiatry department in a Paediatric Hospital of Rome. A total of 106 families participated in the study. The nonpathological sample is composed by 2,543 parents in different age periods of the life-cycle. Results showed significant differences in family functioning between pathological and non-pathological samples. Specifically, families from the pathological sample (particularly the ones who experienced eating disorders) were more frequently located in extreme or mid-range regions of Olson’s circumplex model (p < .001). These findings suggest some considerations that can be useful in therapeutic works with families in a clinical setting. Critical aspects and clinical applications are discussed.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 01/2015; 18:1-8.
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    ABSTRACT: A percepção dos trabalhadores de que a sua experiência de trabalho enriquece a sua vida familiar tem sido considerada um mecanismo que desencadeia atitudes positivas face às organizações nas quais trabalham. No entanto, porque os homens e as mulheres encaram o trabalho e a família de forma distinta, o género, enquanto construção social, pode condicionar esta relação entre o enriquecimento trabalho-família e as atitudes dos trabalhadores. Com uma amostra de 1885 trabalhadores de uma instituição bancária portuguesa, com 802 mulheres, este estudo analisou a relação entre o enriquecimento trabalho-família e o compromisso afectivo para com a organização e o papel do sexo como variável moderadora desta relação. As hipóteses foram testadas através de análises de regressão. Os resultados mostraram, como esperado, que eram os trabalhadores que consideravam que o seu trabalho enriquecia a sua vida familiar, os que demonstravam mais compromisso afectivo para com a organização. Por outro lado, esta relação era mais forte para as mulheres do que para os homens. Os resultados deste estudo poderão contribuir para que os gestores, e em particular os gestores de recursos humanos, fiquem a compreender melhor as repercussões do enriquecimento do trabalho na família para a ligação afectiva dos trabalhadores com a organização na qual trabalham.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: This study analyzed the interrelationships between key constructs of cognitive therapy (CT; depressogenic schemas), metacognitive therapy (MCT; dysfunctional metacognitive beliefs), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT; psychological inflexibility) in the prediction of depressive symptoms. With a lapse of nine months, 106 nonclinical participants responded twice to an anonymous online survey containing the following questionnaires: the Depression subscale of the Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales (DASS), the Dysfunctional Attitude Scale Revised (DAS-R), the Positive beliefs, Negative beliefs and Need to control subscales of the Metacognitions Questionnaire-30 (MCQ-30), and the Acceptance and Action Questionnaire – II (AAQ-II). Results showed that when controlling for baseline levels of depressive symptoms and demographic variables, psychological inflexibility longitudinally mediated the effect of depressogenic schemas and dysfunctional metacognitive beliefs on depressive symptoms. Results are discussed emphasizing the role of psychological inflexibility in the CT and MCT models of depression.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 01/2015; en prensa.
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    ABSTRACT: Workers’ perception that their job experience enriches their family life has been considered a mechanism that explains their positive attitudes toward the organization where they work. However, because women and men live their work and family differently, gender may condition this relationship between the work-family enrichment and workers’ attitudes. With a sample of 1885 workers from one Portuguese bank, with 802 women, the current study investigated the relationship between work-family enrichment and organizational affective commitment as well as the role of sex as a moderator of this relationship. The hypotheses were tested by using regression analysis. The results indicated that the perception held by workers that their work enriches their family is positively correlated with their affective commitment toward the organization. Furthermore, the data revealed that this relationship is stronger for women than for men. Study results have implications for management, particularly for human resource management, enhancing their knowledge about the relationship of work-family enrichment and workers’ affective commitment toward organization.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 01/2015;
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    ABSTRACT: Previous research has shown the relevance of psychopathic traits as predictors of severe and persistent antisocial behavior. Given that personality traits refer to developmental constructs, the main purposes of this study were to analyze the stability of psychopathic traits from childhood to adolescence, and to examine differential outcomes derived from distinctive pathways of stability and change. Data was collected in a Spanish sample of 138 children aged 6–11 at the onset of the study (T1), and 12–17 in the subsequent follow-up conducted 6 years later (T2). The stability of psychopathic traits was assessed in terms of differential continuity (rank-order), absolute stability (mean-level) and individual level change (Reliable Change Index). Results confirmed that psychopathic traits remained moderately to highly stable from childhood to adolescence (p < .001). There were, however, some differences depending on the informant (parents vs. teachers) and the particular assessment method used (rank order vs. mean-level and RCI). A stable high and an increasing developmental pattern of psychopathic traits were related with severe adolescent behavioral and psychosocial problems (ŋ² = .10–.36). These results support the usefulness of youth psychopathic personality as a developmental construct, and highlight its relevance as a predictor of long-lasting maladjustment, with relevant implications in terms of prevention and treatment.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 12/2014; 17:1-11. DOI:10.1017/sjp.2014.93
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    ABSTRACT: The focus of the present study was on further exploring anticipatory responses to emotional stimuli by measuring the eyeblink startle reflex in a variation of the picture-picture affective learning procedure. Participants (113 undergraduate women) were not explicitly instructed before the experiment began. Instead, they had to learn the specific relations between cues (geometrical shapes) and emotional pictures based on pairings during the first part of the task. Plausible contingency learning effects were tested afterwards, in a parallel sequence of trials including auditory probes during cues and pictures processing during the second part of the task. Results did show the typical affective startle modulation pattern during perception (linear F(1, 200) = 52.67, p < .0001), but unexpected inhibition for both pleasant and unpleasant, compared to neutral cues, during anticipation (quadratic F(1, 200) = 7.07, p < .009). All patterns of startle modulation were independent of cue-picture contingency awareness (all interactions Fs < 1). Skin conductance changes showed the predictable quadratic trend either during picture perception or anticipatory periods (greater activity for emotional vs. neutral; overall quadratic F(1, 224) = 7.04, p < .01), only for participants fully aware of the cue-picture contingency (quadratic F(1, 158) = 5.86, p < .02). Overall, our results during anticipation (cues processing) seem to suggest that more resources were allocated to highly arousing pictures that engage attention. Differences between the present results and prior research may be attributed to procedural variations in the sample, cues, or instructions. Future studies should also explore in more detail the role of the contingency awareness during anticipation.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 12/2014; 17(E110).
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  • The Spanish Journal of Psychology 12/2014; 29:in press.
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    ABSTRACT: Boltzmann’s most probable distribution method is applied to derive the Polytomous Rasch model as the distribution accounting for the maximum number of possible outcomes in a test while introducing latent traits, item characteristics, and thresholds as constraints to the system. Affinities and similarities of the present result with other derivations of the model are discussed in light of the conceptual frameworks of statistical physics and of the principle of maximum entropy.
    The Spanish Journal of Psychology 11/2014; 17(e84):1-8. DOI:10.1017/sjp.2014.81