Journal of Health Psychology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Journal description

Journal of Health Psychology is an international forum for the best research in health psychology from around the world. It provides a platform for traditional empirical analyses as well as more qualitative andor critically oriented approaches. It also addresses the social contexts in which psychological and health processes are embedded.

Current impact factor: 1.88

Impact Factor Rankings

Additional details

5-year impact 1.78
Cited half-life 5.90
Immediacy index 0.22
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.56
Website Journal of Health Psychology website
Other titles Journal of health psychology (Online)
ISSN 1461-7277
OCLC 41385030
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

SAGE Publications

  • Pre-print
    • Author can archive a pre-print version
  • Post-print
    • Author can archive a post-print version
  • Conditions
    • Authors retain copyright
    • Pre-print on any website
    • Author's post-print on author's personal website, departmental website, institutional website or institutional repository
    • On other repositories including PubMed Central after 12 months embargo
    • Publisher copyright and source must be acknowledged
    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Post-print version with changes from referees comments can be used
    • "as published" final version with layout and copy-editing changes cannot be archived but can be used on secure institutional intranet
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This study used an Actor-Partner Interdependence Model to examine the relationship between attachment behaviors and health practices, as measured by physical activity levels and dietary habits. The sample included 1031 married couples, the majority of which is Caucasian (83.8%). Results suggest that women's attachment behaviors significantly influenced their own health practices (p = .038), such that for every unit increase in poor attachment behaviors, women were 199.8 percent more likely to have poor diet and low physical activity levels (exp(1.098) = 2.998). Men's attachment behaviors were not significantly related to their own health practices. There were also no significant partner paths. Implications for treating women who present with health problems are discussed, as are directions for future research. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315592049
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    ABSTRACT: Muscular strength is a well-known predictor of morbidity and mortality. Similarly, self-esteem is a predictor of health and well-being. The relationship between these two variables, however, is currently unknown. This study examined the cross-sectional relationship between maximal muscular strength (i.e. handgrip and one-repetition-maximum (1-RM) squat) and global self-esteem in 126 college students. Significant correlations were found between both measures of muscular strength and self-esteem. Further analyses revealed that these relationships were only significant for men. Based on these results, additional research is needed to further explore the relationship between muscular strength and self-esteem, especially in other demographic groups and longitudinally. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315592051
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    ABSTRACT: Resilience contributes to better chronic disease adjustment but is understudied in Parkinson's disease. Although nonmotor symptoms affect quality of life, their effect on other aspects of Parkinson's disease adjustment is less understood. Hierarchical regression analyses from a cross-sectional survey of 138 community-dwelling adults with Parkinson's disease (mean (standard deviation) age = 64.15(10.09) years) investigated relationships between nonmotor symptoms and resilience on depression, apathy, life satisfaction, and quality of life. After controlling for demographic variables, functional status, and nonmotor symptoms, resilience was associated with all adjustment variables. Nonmotor symptoms were associated with depression and worse quality of life. Nonmotor symptoms and resilience appear to play critical roles in Parkinson's disease adjustment. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315590268
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored the perspectives of Black men, originally from East Africa, living in the United Kingdom and their partners on what it means to live with diagnosed HIV. This article reports on concealment of HIV-positive status as a strategy adopted by the affected participants to manage the flow of information about their HIV-positive status. Analysis of the data, collected using in-depth interviews involving 23 participants, found widespread selective concealment of HIV-positive status. However, a few respondents had 'come out' publicly about their condition. HIV prevention initiatives should recognise concealment as a vital strategy in managing communication about one's HIV-positive status. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315593379
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    ABSTRACT: Based on the existing literature, relevant determinants of availability for on-premises locations, off-premises locations, and the Internet were qualitatively explored and categorized by "experts" consisting of underage alcohol purchasers. In total, 14 focus group discussions were conducted with 94 Dutch adolescents. For on-premises locations, the high prices were perceived as the biggest disadvantage, and the ease to circumvent legal age limits as the biggest advantage. For off-premises locations, the cheap pricing was perceived as the most positive aspect, and the legal age limit as the biggest disadvantage. For online purchases, the waiting time was perceived as the most negative aspect, and the proximity of online stores as the biggest advantage. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315592046
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    ABSTRACT: A total of 64 pregnant women were assigned into two groups of cases and controls. Both groups filled out the Perceived Stress Scale at pre-test. Cognitive-behavioral coping skill training was delivered to the case group. After the end of the intervention, both groups completed the same scale again. The results showed that the mean perceived stress of the cases and controls was 27.77 ± 6.033 and 18.97 ± 3.268, respectively (p = 0.001). Therefore, midwives are recommended to plan educational interventions to decrease perceived stress in pregnant women. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315589800
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    ABSTRACT: Breast cancer-related lymphedema is associated with numerous adverse outcomes. This study investigated the extent clinical factors, lymphedema symptoms, lymphedema-related appearance, and coping strategies predicted quality of life. Female patients who underwent microsurgical treatment for lymphedema (n = 54) participated. Lymphedema symptoms were associated with physical and functional well-being, but not emotional and social well-being. Clinical factors and lymphedema-related appearance were not significantly associated with quality of life. Compared to adaptive coping strategies, maladaptive coping strategies (e.g. denial, venting, self-blame) were more strongly associated with quality of life. This suggests psychosocial interventions aimed at modifying maladaptive coping behaviors can potentially improve quality of life for this patient population. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315589801
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    ABSTRACT: Both psychological distress and fatigue are common post stroke. Although there is recognition that the phenomena are related, the nature of the relationship is unclear.Cross-sectional study of 98 independently functioning participants within 2 years of stroke. Significant relationships were observed between fatigue and general anxiety, health-related anxiety and stroke-specific anxiety (r range from .31 to .37). In the final regression model, depression, pain and stroke-specific anxiety were significant, accounting for 32 per cent of the variance in fatigue scores (p < .001). The findings provide insight into the importance of anxiety-related factors post stroke, their relevance to our understanding of post-stroke fatigue and their implications for post-stroke intervention. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315587140
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined whether adaptive cognitive emotion regulation strategies mediate the relationship between forgiveness and health-related quality of life in a sample of 350 Spanish people aged 55 years and older. Positive refocusing and positive reappraisal strategies partially mediated the relation between forgiveness and mental health. Thus, focusing on planning partially mediated the relation between forgiveness and physical health. Our findings contribute to an emerging understanding of the underlying coping process between forgiveness and health outcomes and might provide preliminary insight for potential intervention for increasing quality of life via the promotion of forgiveness and adaptive coping in the elderly. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315589393
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to assess, in the immediate postsurgical period, the influence of attachment avoidance and anxiety on distress and body image disturbances in women facing breast cancer. Seventy-five women participated in the study 3 weeks after surgery. Questionnaires were used to assess study variables. To predict distress and body image disturbances, we controlled for several variables known to influence adjustment to the stress of breast cancer. The results of hierarchical regression analyses show that attachment explains the outcomes above and beyond other influential variables. Insecurely attached women are especially vulnerable to the stress of the disease. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315589802
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated coping with chronic illness in the adult patient-caregiver relationship for sickle cell disease, marked by debilitating acute and chronic pain. One-on-one interviews (N = 16) were conducted with eight primary caregivers of eight adults with extremely high hospital use, severe sickle cell disease with hospital admissions several times monthly over successive years. Caregivers were predominantly parents; two were romantic partners. Caregivers attributed disruptions to the disease's variability, tensions in how much support to give, and adults' inability to fulfill parental obligations. Both groups expressed fears of patients' increasing age, declining health, and early death. Targeted counseling and resilience training is recommended. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315588215
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    ABSTRACT: Experimental research is needed to examine whether weight monitoring impacts weight and whether it has unintended harmful effects. This study randomly assigned 49 first-year university women (body mass index: 20-30 kg/m(2)) to daily weight monitoring or a control condition and measured weight, mood, body dissatisfaction, and unhealthy weight control behaviors at baseline and 8 weeks, and weight at 20-week follow-up. No harmful effects of daily weighing were detected; acceptability and adherence were high. Weight monitoring did not impact weight; both groups showed little weight gain. Results suggest that weight monitoring has minimal harmful effects and may be useful for preventing weight gain. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 06/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315589446