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
    • Must link to publisher version with DOI
    • Publisher last reviewed on 29/07/2015
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This article examines role stress, key psychosocial variables, and well-being in adults recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis must often learn to balance disease and role-related responsibilities. This was cross-sectional, descriptive study (N = 80). Data were analyzed using correlation coefficients and linear regression models. Participants were predominantly female (78%), married, and employed. Mean age and disease duration were 54.2 years and 24.2 months, respectively. The findings suggest that well-being is influenced by feelings of being self-efficacious and having balance in their roles and less to do with social support received from others.
    Journal of Health Psychology 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315604887
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    ABSTRACT: Abstract. This study investigated the association between the 3-month postoperative sense of coherence and the 5-year postoperative outcome of decompressive surgery for lumbar spinal stenosis. The participants with a lower sense of coherence at the 3-month follow-up had a poorer functional ability and lower satisfaction with surgery, higher pain ratings, lower life satisfaction and more depressive symptoms 5 years postoperatively. A low 3-month sense of coherence associated with greater pain and a poorer functional ability 5 years postoperatively. Evaluating sense of coherence and depressive symptoms in patients who have had lumbar spinal stenosis surgery may help in identifying those in need of enhanced support for postoperative recovery.
    Journal of Health Psychology 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603471
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    ABSTRACT: There has been an increased usage of online cancer support groups as a resource for health-related information and social support. This work analyzes message blog posts from an anonymous online support community to better understand issues related to gender and identity among female adolescent and young adults. This work sheds further light into the nuances of gender and identity issues including motherhood and reproductive issues, physical appearance, and romantic relationships. Specifically, findings reveal that female adolescent and young adults experience issues pertaining to infertility, feeling like a bad mom, hair loss, scarring, dating, and intimacy. These findings of this work offer further guidance about how healthcare providers and caregivers can attempt to meet the needs of female adolescent and young adults.
    Journal of Health Psychology 10/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315605657
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    ABSTRACT: Several studies have shown the influence of personality in risky sexual behaviors. This work has sought to establish which personality variables favor or hinder condom use in Spanish youth. A total of 408 young heterosexuals were assessed, divided into risk group (60.8%) and no-risk group (39.2%), according to systematic condom use. The results show statistically significant differences in Openness to Experience (p = .039), Conscientiousness (p = .047), Actions (p = .001), Competence (p = .024), and Self-discipline (p = .046). The regression analysis revealed that Compliance explained about 14 percent of the variance in condom use. The tendency to behave in a cooperative, peace-making, and indulgent manner influences in HIV prevention.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315605656
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    ABSTRACT: Men's help seeking for depression continues to gain focussed research and clinical attention. In this study, 125 men (M = 39.02 years) provided data on perceived barriers to mental health help seeking, and self-reported depression at baseline, and 15 weeks. Longitudinal depression caseness was used to investigate group differences in perceived barriers to help seeking. Those experiencing unremitting depression reported the highest perceived help-seeking barriers. This finding was consistent over all domains of help-seeking barriers, and it was independent of previous mental health help-seeking efforts. Findings are discussed in the broader context of men's mental health and health psychology.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315605655
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    ABSTRACT: Health outcomes of adults with type 1 diabetes may be affected by relationship status and quality. Our objective was to examine associations between relationship status, relationship factors, and outcomes in adults with type 1 diabetes. N = 1660 participants completed surveys measuring relationship satisfaction and perceived partner support style (active engagement, protective buffering, over-protection). Differences in glycemic control and adherence for those married/partnered versus not were insignificant. Higher relationship satisfaction, and having an engaged, not over-protective, partner was associated with better glycemic control and self-care. Helping partners support patients, avoiding over-protection, may enhance relationship and diabetes-related patient outcomes for adults with type 1 diabetes.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315605654
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    ABSTRACT: Among adults living with HIV, unstable housing is a barrier to health. Stably- and unstably-housed adults living with HIV were assessed for over 25 months. At baseline, unstably-housed adults living with HIV had a more recent HIV diagnosis, higher viral loads, worse physical and mental health, lower rates of antiretroviral therapy use and insurance coverage, and higher rates of hard drug use than stably-housed adults living with HIV. At follow-up, the health of both groups was similar, but unstably-housed adults living with HIV reported significantly more hard drug use and mental health symptoms when compared to the stably-housed adults living with HIV. Drug and mental health risks decreased for both groups, but decreases in unprotected sex were greater among unstably-housed adults living with HIV.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603465
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    ABSTRACT: Health information can be presented in different formats, such as a statistically-based or a story-based (e.g. narrative) format; however, there is no consensus on the ideal way to present screening information. This systematic review summarizes the literature pertaining to narrative interventions' efficacy at changing screening behaviour and its determinants. Five psychology and public health databases were searched; 19 studies, 18 focused on cancer and 1 on sexual health, met eligibility criteria. There is consistent evidence supporting the efficacy of narratives, but mixed evidence supporting an advantage for narratives over statistical interventions for screening behaviour and its determinants. Further investigation is warranted.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603463
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    ABSTRACT: Health-related behaviours and psychological distress were examined after kidney transplantation. Patients were evaluated at 1 month, 6 months and 1 year after transplantation. Participants completed the Healthy Behaviours Questionnaire and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. No significant differences in Healthy Behaviours Questionnaire's total score and psychological comorbidity were observed at three time points. However, there was an increase in drug-consumer habits (p < 0.05) and a reduction in sedentary lifestyle (p < 0.05) at 6 months and 1 year. Moreover, at 1 year, post-transplant had increased the harmful health habits (p < 0.05). In regression analysis, anxiety symptoms were significant predictors of Healthy Behaviours Questionnaire change at a year post-transplantation.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315604889
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    ABSTRACT: Alexithymia is a multifaceted personality construct associated with several medical illnesses. However, no studies have focused on food allergy. We investigated alexithymia among food-allergic youths, compared to a matched healthy sample. A total of 220 participants aged 9-25 years were assessed using the Toronto Alexithymia Scale and the Alexithymia Questionnaire for Children. Food-allergic patients reported higher levels of alexithymia compared to a matched healthy sample. Furthermore, an association between alexithymia and a clinical history of anaphylaxis was found among patients. Some possible hypotheses have been discussed considering physiological, psychological, developmental, and cognitive/behavioral factors.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315600235
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    ABSTRACT: Walking is an effective but underused treatment for intermittent claudication. This qualitative study explored people's experiences of and beliefs about their illness and walking with intermittent claudication. Using the Framework method, semi-structured in-depth interviews included 19 individuals with intermittent claudication, and were informed by the Theory of Planned Behaviour and Common Sense Model of Illness Representations. Walking was overlooked as a self-management opportunity, regardless of perceptions of intermittent claudication as severe or benign. Participants desired tailored advice, including purposeful and vigorous exercise, and the potential outcome of walking. Uncertainties about their illness and treatment may explain low walking participation among people with intermittent claudication.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315600238
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    ABSTRACT: The role and potential significance of romantic partners have been acknowledged in the eating disorder literature; yet, few studies have addressed partner perspectives, and none of these have involved dating relationships or considered the implications of the initiation of recovery for partner perceptions. In this study, common themes in the analysis of 12 partner interviews included changing understandings of disordered eating, development of strategies to support their partners, and lack of resources. In addition, participants whose partners did not initiate recovery reported confusion and helplessness, while those whose partners initiated recovery expressed responsibility for and gratification in the positive changes.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603478
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    ABSTRACT: Osteoporosis is the most common metabolic bone disease. In this experimental study, 120 patients (60 experimental and 60 control) from women aged 30 to 50 years old, who were registered under the health centers in Fasa City, Fars Province, Iran, were selected. After intervention, the experimental group showed a significant increase in the health belief model constructs, self-regulation, social support, and nutrition and walking performance compared to the control group. After 6 months of intervention, the value of lumbar spine and hip bone mineral density T-score in the experimental group increased, while in the control group it reduced. This study showed the effectiveness of health belief model and structures of self-regulation and social support in prevention of osteoporosis in women.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603696
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to understand experiences of wait time among patients awaiting scheduled orthopaedic or cardiac surgery. Using a qualitative approach, 32 patients completed two interviews each regarding their wait time experiences, including effects of waiting. Patient experiences of wait time varied regardless of actual wait time and included reports of restriction, uncertainty, resignation, coping and opportunity. Participants' waiting experiences indicate a complex relationship between greater symptom severity and less tolerance for wait time. We suggest healthcare resources focus on alleviating the deleterious effects of waiting for certain patients rather than reducing absolute wait times.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603464
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the longitudinal association of depressive symptoms and stressful life events with inflammation in the Women's Health Initiative. Women aged 50 years and older (N = 7477) completed questionnaires assessing depressive symptoms and stressful life events at baseline and 15 years later. Serum measures of C-reactive protein were collected at both assessments. In bivariate analyses, C-reactive protein predicted 15-year depressive symptoms and stressful life events (ps < .03) and baseline depressive symptoms and stressful life events predicted later C-reactive protein (ps < .03). These longitudinal relationships were not maintained in multivariate adjusted analyses. Combined with previous research, this suggests the relationship between depression, stressful life events and inflammation attenuates with time.
    Journal of Health Psychology 09/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603701
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    ABSTRACT: Advances in medical treatment mean more older people are living with burn injuries. However, little is known about experiences and support needs of this group. Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis of semi-structured interviews with 10 burn survivors aged 51-71 years identified four themes: time and adjusting to an altered appearance; living with a visible difference in the eyes of others; me, myself and I; importance of maintaining appearance. Adjusting to burns was a long process. Participants discussed feeling isolated, needing information about how ageing impacts on scars and maintaining a socially acceptable appearance. Implications for care and further research are discussed. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603473
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    ABSTRACT: This study explored the effects intervening in the linkages of optimism and hope with subjective health in the short term after myocardial infarction. A two-wave study design was used. The sample consisted of 222 myocardial infarction survivors. When adopting a cross-sectional design, optimism and hope predicted subjective health at Time 1 and Time 2. After controlling for baseline subjective health, they were no longer significant predictors of subjective health at Time 2. Parallel indirect effects of seeking social support and problem solving were significant for both optimism and hope. After controlling for the shared variance between optimism and hope, these effects remained significant only for optimism. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315603470