Health Psychology (HEALTH PSYCHOL)

Publisher: American Psychological Association. Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

Journal description

Health Psychology is a scholarly journal devoted to furthering an understanding of scientific relationships between behavioral principles on the one hand and physical health and illness on the other. The readership has a broad range of backgrounds, interests, and specializations, often interdisciplinary in nature. The major type of paper being solicited for Health Psychology is the report of empirical research. Such papers should have significant theoretical or practical import for an understanding of relationships between behavior and physical health. Integrative papers that address themselves to a broad constituency are particularly welcome. Suitable topics for submission include, but are not restricted to, the role of environmental, psychosocial, or sociocultural factors that may contribute to disease or its prevention; behavioral methods used in the diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation of individuals having physical disorders; and techniques that could reduce disease risk by modifying health beliefs, attitudes, or behaviors including decisions about using professional services. Interventions used may be at the individual, group, multicenter, or community level.

Current impact factor: 3.59

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 3.59
2013 Impact Factor 3.954
2012 Impact Factor 3.832
2011 Impact Factor 3.873
2010 Impact Factor 3.982
2009 Impact Factor 3.462
2008 Impact Factor 3.652
2007 Impact Factor 2.966
2006 Impact Factor 3.693
2005 Impact Factor 3.513

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 4.69
Cited half-life 9.80
Immediacy index 0.58
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 1.80
Website Health Psychology website
Other titles Health psychology
ISSN 0278-6133
OCLC 7856766
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

Publisher details

American Psychological Association

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Based in interpersonal theory, the present study tested associations of trait affiliation (i.e., warmth vs. hostility) and control (i.e., dominance vs. submissiveness) with ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) and momentary affective experiences. Methods: Ninety-four married couples (mean age 29.6) completed trait affiliation and control measures, and a 1-day protocol with random interval-contingent measurements of ABP and affective experience. Results: Higher trait control (i.e., dominance) predicted higher systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP, DBP) in men, but not in women. For both men and women, high affiliation predicted lower SBP. These associations occurred within individuals (i.e., actor effects) but not between spouses (i.e., partner effects). Dominance and affiliation also predicted momentary affect. Conclusions: Associations of dominance and affiliation with ABP may indicate a mechanism by which trait social behavior influences CVD risk. These findings also illustrate the interpersonal perspective as an integrative framework for research on psychosocial risk for CVD. (PsycINFO Database Record
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Health Psychology
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Global health interventions focus on providing solutions to unaddressed public health issues in low- and middle-income countries. Providing nearby access to safe drinking water is a primary public health concern and a frequent public health intervention throughout sub-Saharan Africa; access to water eliminates long gathering and transport time and provides an individual with more personal time. Previous research has not reviewed the aspect of time and relationship changes after implemented water interventions. Method: A qualitative phenomenological approach used 52 semistructured interviews to examine relationship experiences among primary water gatherers and their families after receiving nearby access to water. This study took place throughout the historically semiarid eastern region in Kitui, Kenya, where community members have been beneficiaries of various water interventions. Results: Before the water intervention, family members experienced difficulties with irregular meal times and food availability, infrequent family conversations, irritation with lack of bathing and cleanliness, and general discontent without the availability of 1 able-bodied family member. Participants' experiences after implemented water interventions revealed enhanced relationships within household family units; additional personal time was gained and used to rebuild relationships. The newly established relationships included constructive discussions and conversations built around understanding and developing solutions to address economic or individual challenges encountered by the family. Conclusions: This study's findings suggest that relationships significantly improved after households receive access to nearby water. Furthermore, this research provides evidence of an increased need for access to quality water for communities throughout the world to positively contribute to constructive family relationships. (PsycINFO Database Record
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Health Psychology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Suboptimal adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) among HIV-infected people who use illicit drugs (PWUD) remains a significant concern, and there is a lack of effective adherence interventions for this population. Therefore, we sought to identify psychosocial determinants of optimal adherence, including adherence self-efficacy and outcome expectancies, with the aim of informing interventions designed to improve adherence among PWUD. Method: From December 2005 to November 2013, we collected data from the AIDS Care Cohort to evaluate Exposure to Survival Services (ACCESS), a prospective cohort of PWUD in Vancouver, Canada. We used multivariable generalized estimating equations (GEE) analysis to identify longitudinal factors independently associated with 95% or greater adherence to ART. Results: Among 667 participants, including 220 (33%) women, 391 (59%) had 95% or greater ART adherence at baseline. In multivariable GEE analysis, adherence self-efficacy, adjusted odds ratio (AOR) = 1.16, 95% confidence interval (CI) [1.11, 1.21] per 10-point increase, was independently and positively associated with adherence, while negative outcome expectancy, AOR = 0.95, 95% CI [0.93, 0.98], was negatively associated. Conclusion: In light of the ongoing challenges associated with ART adherence among HIV-positive PWUD, and our findings of associations between adherence, self-efficacy, and outcomes expectancies, tailored intervention strategies based on constructs of social learning theory should be implemented and evaluated to improve adherence among HIV-infected PWUD. (PsycINFO Database Record
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Health Psychology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Research suggests that temporary abstinence from alcohol may convey physiological benefits and enhance well-being. The aim of this study was to address a lack of information about: (a) correlates of successful completion of a planned period of abstinence, and (b) how success or failure in planned abstinence affects subsequent alcohol consumption. Method: 857 British adults (249 men, 608 women) participating in the "Dry January" alcohol abstinence challenge completed a baseline questionnaire, a 1-month follow-up questionnaire, and a 6-month follow-up questionnaire. Key variables assessed at baseline included measures of alcohol consumption and drink refusal self-efficacy (DRSE). Results: In bivariate analysis, success during Dry January was predicted by measures of more moderate alcohol consumption and greater social DRSE at baseline. Multivariate analyses revealed that success during Dry January was best predicted by a lower frequency of drunkenness in the month prior to Dry January. Structural equation modeling revealed that participation in Dry January was related to reductions in alcohol consumption and increases in DRSE among all respondents at 6-month follow-up, regardless of success, but indicated that these changes were more likely among people who successfully completed the challenge. Conclusions: The findings suggest that participation in abstinence challenges such as Dry January may be associated with changes toward healthier drinking and greater DRSE, and is unlikely to result in undesirable "rebound effects": very few people reported increased alcohol consumption following a period of voluntary abstinence. (PsycINFO Database Record
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Health Psychology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Previous studies have suggested that self-critical perfectionism (SCP) may play a role in the development and maintenance of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). In this study we investigated whether SCP is related to a hypofunction of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, which has been shown to be a key factor in the pathophysiology of CFS. Method: We conducted a quasi-experimental study to examine the association between SCP (as measured with the Depressive Experiences Questionnaire) and stress reactivity in a sample of 41 female CFS patients. Participants were exposed to the Trier Social Stress Test (TSST). Both subjective stress and salivary cortisol levels were measured until 90 min after the TSST. We also examined the relationship between stress reactivity and illness characteristics (i.e., duration and severity of symptoms). Results: The results showed that SCP was associated with increased subjective stress reactivity, but with decreased HPA-axis reactivity as indicated by a blunted cortisol response to the TSST. Furthermore, we found an inverse relationship between cortisol reactivity and symptom severity. There was no relationship between cortisol reactivity and illness duration. Conclusion: Our findings suggest that SCP is associated with loss of resilience of the neurobiological stress response system in CFS. (PsycINFO Database Record
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: Subjective age is a biopsychosocial marker of aging with a range of health-related implications. Using three longitudinal samples, this study examined whether subjective age predicts hospitalization among older adults. Method: Participants were adults aged from 24 to 102 years old, drawn from the 1995-1996 and 2004-2005 waves of the Midlife in the United States Survey (MIDUS, N= 3209), the 2008 and 2012 waves of the Health and Retirement Study (HRS, N= 3779) and the 2011 and 2013 waves of the National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS, N= 3418). In each sample, subjective age and covariates were assessed at baseline and hospitalization was assessed at follow-up. Results: Consistent across the three samples, participants who felt subjectively older at baseline had an increased likelihood of hospitalization (combined effect size: 1.17, 95%CI 1.11-1.23), controlling for age, sex, race, and education. Further adjusting for disease burden and depression reduced the magnitude of the association between subjective age and hospitalization in the three samples, but it remained significant in the MIDUS and HRS. Conclusion: This study provides consistent evidence that subjective age predicts incident hospitalization. Subjective age assessment can help identify individuals at greater risk of hospitalization, who may benefit from prevention and intervention efforts.
    No preview · Article · Nov 2015 · Health Psychology
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: The purpose of the current study was to conduct a large-scale, geographically diverse comparison of health risk behaviors between a broad range of sexual orientation and gender identity groups to more fully understand the health risks of subgroups within the LGBT community. Method: A total of 3,279 individuals self-identifying as LGBT (e.g., lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, genderqueer, and/or another gender or sexual minority) were recruited from across the United States through 2 sequentially implemented online recruitment methods. Participants completed a demographic assessment and the Health Risk Questionnaire (assessing diet and exercise, substance use and smoking, motor vehicle risks, sexual behaviors, violence, and medical risk-taking). Results: Significant differences were found across genders for 18 of the 28 health risk behaviors investigated and across sexual orientations for 23 behaviors. Major differences emerged particularly with relation to diet and exercise behaviors, as well as sexual risk-taking, substance use, and medical risk-taking. Groups with notably elevated health risk behaviors included transgender women (diet and exercise behaviors), cisgender men (alcohol-related risk-taking), bisexual participants (substance use), and both transgender men and pansexual participants (self-harm). Differences between transgender participants and genderqueer or nonbinary participants were stark, indicating that these frequently combined groups have distinct health risk profiles. Conclusions: Results suggest that there are extensive and largely variable levels of engagement in health risk behaviors within the LGBT community. In addition, gender and sexual orientation subcategories that are traditionally collapsed into 1 category (i.e., transgender and bisexual) evidenced strikingly different risks when examined independently. Recommendations for future research and LGBT health promotion efforts are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record
    No preview · Article · Sep 2015 · Health Psychology