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: The aim of this study was the validation of a brief form of the Perceived Neighborhood Social Cohesion questionnaire using data from 5065 men from the "Cohort Study on Substance-Use Risk Factors." A 9-item scale covering three factors was proposed. Excellent indices of internal consistency were measured (α = .93). The confirmatory factor analyses resulted in acceptable fit indices supporting measurement invariance across French and German forms. Significant correlations were found between the brief form of the Perceived Neighborhood Social Cohesion questionnaire, and satisfaction and self-reported health, providing evidence of the concurrent validity of the scale. Perceived neighborhood social cohesion, and depression and suicide attempts were negatively associated, sustaining the protective effect of perceived social cohesion. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315600234
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to investigate whether experiencing fear of dying after acute coronary syndrome predicts later posttraumatic stress symptoms. We enrolled 90 patients hospitalized with main diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome and assessed baseline characteristics. One month after discharge, we collected the Posttraumatic Stress Scale. A total of 24 patients : 26.7%) developed posttraumatic stress symptoms 1 month after the acute coronary syndrome event. Patients with posttraumatic stress symptoms reported significantly greater fear of dying, helplessness, avoidance-focused coping, and severe anxiety. In our prospective study, fear of dying was associated with occurrence of posttraumatic stress symptoms in patients hospitalized with acute coronary syndrome. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315600233
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    ABSTRACT: Medical mistrust has emerged as a significant barrier to medication adherence among African Americans living with HIV. This study sought to determine whether the relationship between medical provider mistrust and antiretroviral therapy adherence is accounted for by beliefs that may be more amenable to change. African American men and women receiving antiretroviral therapy (N = 380) in a large southern US city completed computer-administered measures of health, antiretroviral therapy adherence, race-based medical provider mistrust, and medication necessity and concerns beliefs. Multiple mediation modeling showed that medical provider mistrust was associated with medication beliefs and antiretroviral therapy adherence. In addition, medication beliefs predicted antiretroviral therapy adherence. Based on 5000 bootstrap resamples, the indirect effects of medical provider mistrust on adherence via medication beliefs were significant, unstandardized b = -1.24, 95 percent confidence interval = -2.47 to -0.29; the indirect effect was significant for medication concerns beliefs, b = -1.10, 95 percent confidence interval = -2.33 to -0.21, but not medication necessity beliefs, b = -0.14, 95 percent confidence interval = -0.66 to 0.02. We conclude that medication concerns beliefs mediates the association between medical provider mistrust and antiretroviral therapy adherence. Interventions that directly elicit and address medication concerns may resolve intentional and unintentional antiretroviral therapy non-adherence even when patients mistrust medical providers. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315600239
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated understandings of health among lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer and/or transgender people, who are under-represented in research. The study involved 12 focus groups in Aotearoa/New Zealand with 47 participants who identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer and/or transgender and responded to an advert inviting participants without chronic illnesses. Three themes were inductively formulated: health is important because education and protection efforts are seen as required to preserve health, health is seen as holistic, and contextual factors are seen as creating health risks. These findings provide insights into how lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, queer and/or transgender people's understandings of health draw upon notions of healthism. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315600236
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    ABSTRACT: Psychological characteristics associated with eating motives of the Palatable Eating Motives Scale (PEMS) were identified in 192 undergraduates. Coping was characterized by greater BMI, emotion-triggered eating, and eating concern and also by binge-eating and perceived stress reactivity in females. Reward Enhancement was characterized by greater BMI, anxiety- and depression-eating in females and by anger/frustration-eating in males. Conformity was strongly characterized by binge-eating and by failure-based stress and all eating disorder traits in females and by anger/frustration- and anxiety-eating in males. The sex-divergent patterns of these traits across PEMS motives highlight the heterogeneity of hedonic eating. The traits may also be maintaining the motives, hence adresseing them should improve treatments for obesity, binge-eating, and foster healthier coping, reward, and psychosocial interactions. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315600240
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    ABSTRACT: To assess the impact of distraction on subsequent eating, 60 females consumed a cereal bar while watching TV, walking or talking, and their subsequent desire to eat and food intake were assessed. No effects were found for desire to eat. But while those higher in restrained eating consumed less overall and fewer calories after watching TV or talking, they consumed more overall and more calories (specifically five times more chocolate) if the cereal bar was eaten while walking. 'Eating on the go' may disinhibit restrained eaters either as a form of distraction or by offering a justification to overeat. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315595119
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    ABSTRACT: A particular form of social pain is invalidation. Therefore, this study (a) investigates whether patients with chronic low back pain experience invalidation, (b) if it has an influence on their pain, and (c) explores whether various social sources (e.g. partner and work) influence physical pain differentially. A total of 92 patients completed questionnaires, and for analysis, Pearson's correlation coefficients and hierarchical linear regression analyses were conducted. They indicated a significant association between discounting and disability due to pain (respective β = .29, p > .05). Especially, discounting by partner was linked to higher disability (β = .28, p > .05). © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315596371
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    ABSTRACT: Adverse events during childhood, including loss of a parent, are related to a higher risk of adult obesity. We investigated whether childhood parental loss is related to adult rapid weight gain through exposition to a later loss event. We assessed the mediation effect of recent loss and non-loss events on the association between childhood loss and rapid weight gain in 138 individuals seeking bariatric surgery. Our results showed that recent loss events mediate the effect of childhood parental loss on rapid weight gain (0.790; p < .001), suggesting the need for specific programs to prevent and treat obesity in individuals with multiple losses. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315595451
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    ABSTRACT: Besides habituation, conscious decision-making remains important for healthcare workers' hand hygiene compliance. This study compared 307 physicians and 348 nurses in intensive care at a German university medical centre regarding their belief that hand disinfection prevents pathogen transmission. Physicians perceived less risk reduction (p < 0.001; variance explained: 4%), a comparison outscored only by lower self-rated guideline knowledge (8%). In both groups, the transmission-preventive belief was associated with high response efficacy, behavioural intention and self-efficacy, but not with self-rated knowledge. Consistent with the Health Action Process Approach, hand hygiene interventions targeting risk reduction beliefs may promote high motivation, but not action control. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315595123
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    ABSTRACT: Stress-reduction interventions have been linked with enhanced well-being and health. This study examined affect and cortisol in 111 individuals randomly assigned to a single 35-minute guided relaxation or a stress management lecture control group. Positive affect increased more in the relaxation compared to the control group (F = 6.62, p = .01). Dispositional stress reactivity had a moderating influence (R(2) = .248, p < .001), such that individuals high in stress reactivity showed highest increases in positive affect to the relaxation. Results indicate that a single guided relaxation intervention improves positive affect among individuals high in stress reactivity. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315595118
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to conduct an in-depth investigation of experiences with pain before knee and hip replacement surgery. A total of 20 patients were interviewed, and interpretative phenomenological analysis was used to identify themes. These were as follows: living with pain, pain conceptualised, pain treatments and healthcare system. Pre-surgical pain is very disabling and is viewed as biological. There was an associated loss of independence. Pharmaceutical management is used by all but not entirely effective, psychological therapies are underutilised. Patients were frustrated, angry, and confused about qualifying for surgery. Many areas of care could be improved to help these pre-surgical patients. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315597054
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    ABSTRACT: Much of the focus on sexual health for people living with HIV has been on promoting safe sex behaviours. However, also important for sexual health is a positive sexual self-esteem. This article reports on an interpretative phenomenological analysis of interviews with seven men about the impact that having HIV has had on their sense of sexual self. Five overarching themes were identified: the 'destruction' of a sexual self; feeling sexually hazardous; sexual inhibition; reclaiming a sexual self and finding a place through sero-sorting. With HIV now being a chronic illness, interventions are required to support people to lead sexually satisfying lives. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 08/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315597053
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    ABSTRACT: In order to better understand drivers of dangerous indoor tanning behaviors, researchers developed the Comprehensive Indoor Tanning Expectations scale. To examine the longitudinal effectiveness of Comprehensive Indoor Tanning Expectations, we surveyed young women in the Southeastern United States at two time points (N = 553). The scale demonstrated strong test-retest reliability. Participants who believed indoor tanning would improve their mood and afford social approval were significantly more likely to tan 6 months later, while participants who believed indoor tanning leads to psychological/physical discomfort were significantly less likely to tan 6 months later. Knowing the psychological bases for indoor tanning can inform intervention and message design. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315595116
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    ABSTRACT: Perceiving ethnic discrimination can have aversive consequences for health. However, little is known about whether perceiving language-based (how one speaks a second language) discrimination poses the same risks. This study examined whether perceptions of language-based and ethnic discrimination are associated with mental and physical health. Among 132 Mexican and Dominican immigrant women, perceiving ethnic and language-based discrimination each predicted psychological distress and poorer physical health. When examined together, only ethnic discrimination remained a significant predictor. These results emphasize the importance of understanding how perceived ethnic and language-based discrimination play an integral role in the health of Latina immigrant women. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315595121
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    ABSTRACT: This survey examined the oral health knowledge and psychological determinants of oral health behavior of 1019 undergraduate and postgraduate nursing students. Overall, most of the students perceived their oral health to be average, and their flossing and dental visiting frequencies were inadequate. Moreover, the students' oral health knowledge was suboptimal, regardless of the type of study, and it was not significantly associated with oral health behavior. Binary logistic regression showed that toothbrushing self-efficacy and the type of study were both significantly associated with toothbrushing behavior. Furthermore, flossing self-efficacy and dental visiting self-efficacy were both significantly associated with flossing and dental visiting behaviors, respectively. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315595122
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    ABSTRACT: Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong physical and emotional challenge. The concept of emotional intelligence may offer better understanding of personal resources facilitating management of such challenges. We therefore hypothesized that emotional intelligence will negatively associate with two measures of diabetic management: HA1c and blood sugar levels. A total of 78 young adults with type 1 diabetes mellitus reported their last HA1c test result and their blood sugar level, as well as demographics and took the audio-visual test of emotional intelligence. The results showed a negative association between emotional intelligence and HA1c and marginal results in the same direction with blood sugar levels even when controlling for demographics. © The Author(s) 2015.
    Journal of Health Psychology 07/2015; DOI:10.1177/1359105315596373