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  • Leeanne Darrien added an answer:
    I'm looking for appropriate measures to research risks perceptions parents of disabled children hold, also how their perception general functioning?

    I'm an MSc Health psychology student and as my dissertation I have decided to look at what risks parents of disabled children/ adolescents perceive when it comes to their children engaging in physical activity. I am also looking to include of measure of perceived general functioning. This way I could potentially demonstrate a relationship between the perceptions held surrounding a children's functioning and the risks which they perceive of their  child being involved in any form of physical activity.  

    Leeanne Darrien

    Hello Jane, thank you for your response I hadn't thought of that 

  • Dora Kukucska added an answer:
    Can anyone suggest a reliable, good measure of metacognition (not relating to mental illness) please?

    I am planning my MSc project and I am trying to find a good measure of Metacognition, however most of the tool I find is mental health related. I am hoping that you guys can help me out with some suggestions :) Thank you :)

    Dora Kukucska

    Thank you all for your answers :) I am sorry I haven't responded earlier, I was a bit under the weather :( I am planning to do research on executive functions and health protective behaviors, however I would like to include metacognition because it is a bit like a more conscious "version" of executive functions, in the sense that metacognition is knowing our own cognitive processes. However I found very little research on this relationship within education psychology - and nothing in health psychology. What I am thinking now it is that, I should just put participants through the executive functions tests and ask them either after each, or just in the end about the task they were the best at, to describe to me how they were thinking and proceeding through the test.

    The reason for this is that, if I give them questionnaires, they actually rate themselves on the statements in the metacognitive inventory. And then it may be the case that they actually did not know how they were thinking, or what their cognitive processes were just the questionnaire "gives them the idea" if you like. However I am interested in how conscious they really are about their cognitive processes, while the questionnaire I believe may prompt them what to think. It may sound very silly and very beginner in your eyes, but for me it seems valid.

  • Hannah Beavis added an answer:
    What would be the best method for assessing audience experiences of a theatre production?

    I'm looking at assessing how an audience perceive a performance on the concept of ageing (delivered by older people as the performers) as well as any attitude changes that have occurred. Would anyone suggest a feedback form (more quantitative) or an open discussion at the end of the performance? Or any other methods that have been used.

    Hannah Beavis

    Thank you to everyone for your responses across the different areas.

    Claire - the tool you've recommended seems most appropriate for the scale of this project, I was just wondering are you using this tool (on a tablet) with all audience members or just a select few? And what are your opinions on the paper versus online version? 
    Because my audience will be elderly people I'm wondering about which version would be most appropriate

  • Emma Brokenshire added an answer:
    Can anyone suggest me some resource in postive psychology and coaching research?

    Seeking the latest in positive psychology & coaching resources

    Emma Brokenshire

    Seligman is king in this area but also look at Karen  Reivich Carol Dweck . There's a bok called learning to ride elephants by Morris , all about applying positive psychology in schools. Google Geelong Grammar School, they are a positive education school applying PS principles s is Wellington College. Hope that helps

  • David Shapiro added an answer:
    Do you think health psychology is important to understand the concept of health & disease?

    Previously to understand the concept of health disease medical model is applied, where health professional concerned about the disease, diagnosis and drugs, but now this model is replaced by the bio-psycho social model, in which we should include the psychology and social factors along with the biological as it is also the part of the nature.

    David Shapiro

    Thanks, Ann, for your kind words.  Be interesting to know what these interchanges lead to.  David

  • Ionel Dumitru added an answer:
    Is there a questionnaire for assessing health seeking behaviour?

    I'm looking for a questionnaires to use in a small study to assess Health Seeking Behaviour in a particular community. 

    Can anyone help?


    Ionel Dumitru

    Hi Haleema I send for you an file attachment , that may help u to design a questioner

    Good luck Ionel  

  • Katja Rudell added an answer:
    Should I publish an old dataset IPQ/ BEMI study 8 years old?

    Hi,I have done some post doc research on an instrument I developed for my PhD. The research has not been published and is now really old as it was done in 2006. I had submitted it to Psychology and Health, Patient Education and Counselling, BMC Health Services Research and Complementary and Alternative Medicine, but it's been always rejected so far. The feedback made it stronger though - I still believe the data works out rather well (i.e. in line with the model) and the conclusions are ok, but probably more of interest to a particular niche group of people in my field.

    Would you recommend I give up on the idea of publishing it in a peer reviewed journal or just keep going?  I put the article on my page for public review - let me know if you think it is worthwhile to keep pushing. If you think there is value, which journal do you think would take it and not charge me any money for processing it? Thank you for your time!

    Katja Rudell

    Hi just an update to the story. It was not sent for review for this and another journal, but is now under review. Hopefully this means good news. I am getting fed up with the reformatting though such a tedious activity. Cannot wait to hear the outcome of the submission.

  • Gerardo Daniel Ramos added an answer:
    What kinds or mechanisms of hope we should postulate to make this concept useful and adequate?
    Do you observe culturally as well as gender determined patterns of hoping?
    Gerardo Daniel Ramos

    There are two different ways to consider hope. The first one depends upon the person him/herself and the human resources he/she puts in practice with his/her freedom. In this first case, the only limitation is personal, i.e., phycological. The second way to consider hope is in relation with things, experiencies or future events that have no possibility to be managed or controlled by the subject him/herself, i.e., other people initiative or decisions, ramson events, health limitations or death. Here hope is possible only supported by a trascendent experience, i.e., human, social or religious.

    (Reference bibliography: Thomas of Aquinas, S.Th II-II,17-22)

  • Mehdi Rakhshandehroo added an answer:
    The advantages and disadvantageous of vertical landscape to human well being in multilevel buildings in general/in healthcare environment in specific?

    Landscape/ Green Spaces in public buildings in general and hospitals in specific are believed crucial factors that contribute to improve the positive impacts on human/patients wellbeing. Not only making the minimum impact on the physical environment, communities and economies, it is also providing health benefits to human occupants to the built environment, providing landscape’s overarching goals to which all landscape professionals are committed. Medical doctors take a Hippocratic Oath to do no harm; architects take an oath to provide health safety, and welfare to the public by means of the shelters they design (Henderson, 2012).

    But what are the advantages and disadvantageous of vertical landscape to human wellbeing in multilevel buildings in general/in healthcare environment in specific compared with others?

    Mehdi Rakhshandehroo

    In the challenge of development in dense urban areas and environmental preservation, sustainability is a significant requirement where green wall (vertical greening) is one of those approaches that flourished during the last decade although it is not a new concept. Hanging or vertical garden, vertical vegetable farms, balcony garden, container or planter box greening, green or eco building, green roof or roof top garden, wall planter, and green envelop are all different aspects of this issue that demonstrate how wide this landscape can be.
    Greening the building envelope with vegetation can be used as a mean to restore the environmental conditions in dense urban areas. Designers can look for enhanced solutions where the facades are more than tinted glass barrier. Several researches have proven the environmental benefits of green envelopes on both new and existing buildings. They can be applied for mitigating the effect of urban heat island, increasing biodiversity and ecological value, insulating against environmental impact, outdoor and indoor comfort, social and psychological well being and enhancement of air quality for city dwellers.
    Green walls (vertical greening) can be categorized into green façade (direct and indirect system) and living wall (passive, active, and landscape wall) according to their systems and growing method. This article will discuss their benefits and threats.

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      ABSTRACT: Sustainable development demands a significant approach between architecture and the environment. During the challenge of climate change, energy crisis and urban expansion, a new approach is required to address environmental problems and one of these approaches is vertical greening that can be categorized into green facade and living wall.Living wall systems (LWS) consist of plants and partly growing materials that have a number of beneficial functions, for example: increasing the outdoor and indoor comfort, ecological value, biodiversity, insulation properties, improvement of air quality mitigation of the urban heat island phenomenon, and psychological and social well-being of citizens. This paper focuses on different types of living wall systems as a method of sustainable development and their opportunities and threats were discussed.
      Full-text · Article · Mar 2015 · Applied Mechanics and Materials

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  • Bill Karteris added an answer:
    A good questionnaire to measure coping mechanisms
    Which of the following or any other questionnaires do you think is best to measure coping mechanisms in an outpatient medical setting and why?
    - Jalowiec Coping Scale
    - The COPE inventory
    - Ways of Coping Questionnaire
    Bill Karteris

    Which r questionnaires do you think is best to measure coping mechanisms with anxiety disorders in children and why? Please, help me! Thank you!

  • Béatrice Marianne Ewalds-Kvist added an answer:
    Are there any new scales for evaluating self esteem?
    I am looking for any new scales available for evaluating or grading self esteem in patients or adults.
    Béatrice Marianne Ewalds-Kvist

    Some suggestions:

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  • Makbule Kavlak added an answer:
    What new methodologies for treating PTSD are currenty being researched?

    There have been a small amount of encouraging research on the use of new therapy methods for PTSD, but I'm not aware of any DOD research in this area. Some of the methods focused on: Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Eye Movement Integration Therapy (EMI), Visual/Kinesthetic Dissociation (V/KD) and other Neurolinguistic Programmig (NLP) procedures, and the hybrid form of CBT called Be Set Free Fast. Is the DOD researching any of these methodologies for possible utility in treating PTSD? 

    Makbule Kavlak

    There is also some recent research on virtual reality exposure therapy. The simulated environment, which lets clients "relive" their traumatic experiences in a computer-game environment, has shown success in several early studies (Cukor et al., 2015).

    Young military personnel, grown up with digital gaming technology, may actually be more attracted to a VR treatment approach as an alternative to traditional “talk therapy”.

  • Veena Shukla added an answer:
    Are there any sample interview questionnaires available related to smoking motivation levels and prime theory?

    Or are there semi-structured interview/ focus group questionnaires available in relation to smoking motivation levels?

    Veena Shukla

    Hi varuna.

    Patient Prefer Adherence. 2014; 8: 1353–1363.
    Published online 2014 Oct 1. doi: 10.2147/PPA.S67767
    PMCID: PMC4199752
    Motivations toward smoking cessation, reasons for relapse, and modes of quitting: results from a qualitative study among former and current smokers
    Krzysztof Buczkowski,1 Ludmila Marcinowicz,2 Slawomir Czachowski,1 and Elwira Piszczek3

    The study reports on smoking-cessation modes and the most common spontaneous decision, caused by a particular trigger factor. The study highlights that people living and working with smokers should constantly motivate them to quit, because it is not known when the right moment for smoking cessation is. We have look for the moment when the smoker decides to quit. The relapse causes also an important issue. In the study talk s about stress, lack of the pleasure previously obtained from smoking, and the smoking environment. An attempt to motivate the person that relapse may take place one should not get dishearten and relapse prevention can be to enhance the number of successful smoking cessation attempts.

    You can go through the paper.

    Thanks and Regards


  • Qahtan Qasem added an answer:
    Is there a scale for measuring Treatment Seeking Behavior?

    Are there any available literature or article related to measuring treatment seeking behavior in mentally ill persons. Thanks for your feedback

    Qahtan Qasem

    Dear Peer, Thanks for your feedback.

  • Laura Vassell added an answer:
    Has anyone used the digital recording glasses to capture human experiences whilst listening to music?

    i am looking at using the digital glasses to record what people are doing at the time they are listening to music and use questionnaires to identify their emotional responses. i am looking more into how other studies have used these glasses and were they effective?

    Laura Vassell

    Thank you - i will take a look at that study and maybe get in contact too.

  • Anirudh Kumar Satsangi added an answer:
    Can the span of life be increased?
    Yogi says yes. According to Swami Sivananda, "According to Yoga, man's life is constituted of so many breaths. The number of respiration per minute is fifteen. If you can reduce the number of breaths by the practice of Kumbhak or retention of breath, or stop the breath through Kechari Mudra you can increase your span of life."
    Anirudh Kumar Satsangi

    None has replied to this question so far.  I realize that it was a really difficult question to attempt to respond.  But, today it appeared in The Times of India, New Delhi/Agra that deleting genes could extend lifespan.  Scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and University of Washington identified 238 genes that, when removed, increase the replicative lifespan of S cerevisiae yeast cells.  This is the first time 189 of these genes have been linked to ageing.  It provides new genomic targets which could be used to boost human lifespan.       

  • Ann Fuller added an answer:
    What would be a suitable therapeutic approach to help unresolved grief/bereavement?

    I am working with few clients with unresolved grief. Some of them are not recovering as I expected.

    Ann Fuller

     Hypnosis is an excellent way to work with grief. On a longer term there are a variety of grief coaching programs around that use creativity. Essential oils if used properly and safely can also be helpful. Each of these need to have an appropriately trained person. Bach Flower Essences is a homeopathic modalities and I agree it is a great adjunct to almost anything else a therapist wants to use.I have personally used Bach Flower Essences with good success. I like teaming this with hypnosis for grief.

  • Natalia Vázquez added an answer:
    Where I can find examples of genetic counseling programs to address the psychological impact of a genetic diagnosis, risk or test result?
    I'm very interested in the work of Biesecker, BB. and Shiloh, S. for my doctoral research; and also I want to design a program to improve adaptation to genetic risk or a genetic condition in Buenos Aires Argentina, because there is no information or local experiences
    Where I can consult these types of programs?
    Natalia Vázquez

    Muchas gracias por su mensaje,

    Me gustaría poder obtener más información sobre el mismo, existe alguna página web que pueda consultar?

    Saludos cordiales

    natalia vázquez 

  • Anirudh Kumar Satsangi added an answer:
    Would anyone like to collaborate on some Psychology research?

    Hello everybody.

    I’m about to write my Masters’ Thesis at Department of Psychology at University of Copenhagen, Denmark. I’m focusing on psychologists’ opportunities to act, when in professional conversations with terminally ill persons. I have made some interviews with Danish psychologists, and would like to do an interview with a Dutch and an American psychologist as well. My intention with doing these interviews is to compare the psychologists’ opportunities to act within the different laws in Denmark, USA and the Netherlands.

    How can I get into contact with a Dutch and an American (not from Oregon, Washington, Montana or Vermont) psychologist, who works with terminally ill persons, to make an interview with them?

    I really hope for your help, so that the knowledge and experiences from USA and the Netherlands can be a part of my research.

    Kind regards Mai Heinecke.

    Anirudh Kumar Satsangi

    You may contact me at my e-mail id

  • Michael Krichbaum added an answer:
    Is there a German version of the PNI?

    PNI - Pathological Narcissism Inventory (Pincus et al., 2009)

    Thank you. 

    Michael Krichbaum

    Dear Tobias, please find attached the thesis of Liudvika Tamulionyte (2014) with a good overview regarding German diagnostic instruments. She also mentions the PNI from Pincus et al. and notes work on a German translation at the University of Bern ("Aktuell wird am Institut für Psychologie der Universität Bern an einer deutschen Übersetzung und Validierung des PNI gearbeitet" page 29). Kind regards, Michael

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  • Alexander Kushch added an answer:
    What diagnostic methods should be applied to study the psychological mechanisms of creativity in innovation, ingenuity of staff in the enterprise?

    Interested in publications that describe psychological research, especially diagnostic methods in the diagnosis of psychological mechanisms of creativity in innovation, ingenuity, employees at the company

    Alexander Kushch

    Mike Allison,big thanks for the useful link. indeed, the author has interesting links

  • Yelitza Estrada added an answer:
    There is a relationship between physical health and psycotherapy?
    Psychotherapy and physical health
    Yelitza Estrada

    Entiendo que como seres estamos interconectados tanto mente como cuerpo, somos un todo. Estudios científicos revelan que las dolencias físicas no se desligan de las psicológicas, sino que se entrelazan. Por ende en ese caso la psicoterapia es una herramienta que de ser necesitada por el individuo si guarda relación con la salud física. Debería ser parte preventiva de la misma. Pues hay estudios que revelan que la ansiedad y la gastritis van de la mano, así como el asma y la depresión entre otros. Si lo físico no está en salud óptima, por ende se trastoca la salud psicológica y emocional y viseversa. Hay muchos estudios relacionados, así como modelos psicoterapeúticos ( Mindfullness uno de los más utilizados. 

  • Florin Tibu added an answer:
    Does anyone have advice on dealing with ethical issues when evaluating a clinical intervention for children in foster care?

    I'm currently setting up a study evaluating a clinical intervention for looked after children. I'm aware that there are quite complex issues around gaining consent with this population (incl. consent from local authorities, foster-carers, birth families as well as the young people themselves), and considerable challenges in doing this in a timely way, if the study is a clinical one and we don't want to delay access to services. Is there anyone out there who has experience in this area who'd be willing to share their experiences? Our study is in the UK, but would be interesting to hear about situation in other countries too.

    Florin Tibu

    In the BEIP we only seek to obtain consent from the biological parents if they are the legal representatives of the child. Age is not an issue for us as long as the child is still <18 yo. For those >= 18 we obviously wouldn't need parental consent anymore. Hope this helps.

  • Hod Orkibi added an answer:
    Does anyone know of any research into the methods of inducing gratefulness?

    Does anyone know of any research into the methods of inducing gratefulness other than those recommended by Wood et al. (2010) meta analysis?

    Across studies on gratitude, three general methods of gratitude induction have been identified: Gratitude lists, Behavioral expressions of gratitude, and grateful contemplation (refer to Wood et al., 2010, link below).

    I am interested to know other than reflecting upon/writing grateful thoughts/  writing a gratitude letter / death reflection. Is there any other ways to induce gratitude? Especially among young children?

    Thank you.

  • Linda Thomas added an answer:
    Does anyone know of a research tool that can assess schools for components of health promoting schools and their effectiveness?
    It is hypothesized that health promoting schools may help prevent chronic diseases and improve health, well-being, and quality of life. This is a World Health Organization initiative. Is anyone researching in this area? I have not found valid reliable instruments to access this and am interested in knowing if they exist or how I can find it.
    Linda Thomas


    Thank you very much for contacting me and sending me some of your excellent work. Sorry about the late response but I did not see it right away. I am in awe of your work and that of Dr. St. Leger. Your expertise is appreciated and I will contact you soon. This tool looks very exciting and promising and would help with my dissertation work. We have a long way to go to meet the Health Promoting Schools standards here in Ontario, Canada. 


    Linda Thomas

  • Irvin Sam Schonfeld added an answer:
    I am in search of a recommendation for writing hypotheses based on competing theories and competing temporal ordering - can anyone help?
    I am working on my master's thesis which tests competing theories of temporal ordering of two types of variables (i.e., X --> Y, or Y --> X?). I do not have a strong feeling about which direction the temporal ordering will be in and there evidence supporting both theoretical arguments. I already know the two variables are related, so I have considering stating a hypothesis that the two variables will be related and then posing a research question about the strength of the relationship being stronger one way versus the other. Is anyone aware of an article that presents hypotheses this way? I am looking for an example to help frame the questions.
    Irvin Sam Schonfeld

    I thought of one other thing. You have two variables, X and Y. Call X at time 1 is X1 and Y at time 1 is Y1. At time 2 the variables are X2 and Y2. Do you have enough data at both points in time to run two regression analyses?

    In one regression analysis, you regress Y2 on X1 and Y1. In the other, you regress X2 on X1 and Y1.

    Your printout from SPSS or SAS would inform you X1 is a significant predictor of Y2 (adjusting for Y1) and if Y1 is a significant predictor of X2 (adjusting for X1). I think such an approach could help you.

  • Paul Gardner added an answer:
    Can we use composite score (for subscales related to physical health) in Rand Health survey-36?

    I have taken Physical (through Rand-36) and psychological health (through DASS-21) as dependent variable , where body image is independent variable in my study.

    Rand-36 consists of 8 subscales where four are measuring physical health and the others 4 measure mental health.  4 scales contribute to RAND-36 physical health (physical functioning, role limitations resulting from physical health, pain, general health percep- tions) and 4 to mental health (emotional well- being, role limitations resulting from emotional problems, social functioning, energy/fatigue).

    Now I have to run different analysis in SPSS but It is getting complicated to measure subscales individually ?

    Would it be considered valid if I take on the whole mean of the the subscales and then use that for my analysis?

    Paul Gardner

    Conversion of raw scale scores to T-scores (via z-scores) is a sensible method for ensuring that component scores are weighted equally.  This is a separate issue from the issue I raised previously about dimensions and factors.

    Gabrielle is correct when she states that low/high summed scores of the two components indicate low/high quality of life. The difficulty is in interpreting scores in the middle of the range, which can be generated by all kinds of combinations. A very physically fit psychotic and a psychologically well-adjusted terminal cancer patient would both have similar mid-range total scores.  The central idea of measurement is that people with similar scores ought to be similar to each other.  Converting scale scores to T-scores in order to weight them equally doesn't overcome this problem.

  • Stephen W Patrick added an answer:
    Does anyone have qualitative research on breastfeeding among opioid-dependent women?

    I am working on a paper on how breastfeeding can help manage neonatal abstinence syndrome and am interested in qualitative data from women who have personally dealt with this experience.

    Stephen W Patrick

    Try this one:

    There are compelling data that breastfeeding, in the presence of stable maternal treatment, reduces length of hospital stay for infants with NAS.

  • Lars P Hölzel added an answer:
    Does anyone know a scale to measure the perceived usefulness of patient written information material?
    We are interested in measuring the usefulness of written patient information material dealing with depression or rather chronic low back pain. We understand usefulness as being of beneficial use to the patient. Similar constructs for the evaluation of written patient information material are welcome as well.
    Lars P Hölzel

    We have now developed and published a generic and psychometrically sound scale to evaluate cognitive, emotional, and behavioral aspects of the subjectively experienced usefulness of patient information material from the patient’s perspective. To enable the utilization of the USE beyond German-speaking countries, the items were translated from German into English, Italian, Polish, Russian, and Turkish.

    Hölzel LP, Ries Z, Dirmaier J, Zill JM, Kriston L, Klesse C, Härter M, Bermejo I: Usefulness scale for patient information material (USE) - development and psychometric properties. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak 2015, 15:34.

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