Special lssues

Mental Health and Social Development

Submission Deadline: 20 September 2023 (closed)

Guest Editors

Name: Tao Liu
Title: Ph.D. Associate Professor
Email: liutao@hdu.edu.cn
Tao Liu is an associate professor at Hangzhou Dianzi University. The research field mainly focuses on the psychology and sociology. He has published several research papers on SSCI journals such as Frontiers in psychology, Frontiers in public health, and served as a reviewer for some journals. More information can be found at ORCID (https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8297-800X).

Name: Jianping Ren
Title: Ph.D. Professor
Email: rjp9999@163.com
Jianping Ren is a professor at Hangzhou Normal University. The research field mainly focuses on community health service management, especially of traditional Chinese medicine(TCM). She has conducted research on the demand for health services of TCM, effect of TCM intervention and social support for the frail elderly in the community. She has published several research papers in the Journal of the Frontier Psychiatry, Evidence Based Complement Alternative Medicine and other SSCI journals. More information can be found at ORCID (https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9308-7648).

Name: Ruirui Zhang
Title: Assistant Professor
Email: doreyzhang@163.com
Ruirui Zhang received a Ph.D. degree in Clinical & Health Psychology from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and is an assistant professor at Shanghai University of International Business and Economics. Her research interests focus on self-esteem, autonomy, mental health, and well-being. She has conducted research on mental illness recovery and the effectiveness of self-compassion intervention in mental health promotion. She has published several papers in journals such as American Journal of Orthopsychiatry and International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. More information can be found at ORCID (https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0154-2963).


With the development of science and technology, the pace of life is faster and faster, and mental health problems are more and more prominent. It is undeniable that mental health problems have become a public health problem that cannot be ignored. From children, and adolescents to the elderly, there are different levels of mental health problems, which can be investigated across the individual system, microsystem, mesosystems, exosystem, and macrosystem according to Bronfenbrenner's ecological model. We attach importance to promoting understanding towards psychological problems from different aspects of individuals, families, society, etc. We need to constantly adapt to social changes, formulate public health policies, improve the level of public health management, strengthen the integration of medicine and prevention, strengthen relevant academic research, and constantly improve mental health problems.

This issue focuses on mental health and social development. We welcome various paper forms, including original research, reviews, and case reports, using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods.


The topics of interest for the special issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

Maintain mental health under rapid social changes

Maintain mental health and autonomy in the context of Chinese culture

Quality of Life, Social Support and Mental Health

Health Management, Health Policy, and Mental Health

Use big data and machine learning methods to research issues related to mental health


Mental health
Social development
Health management
Health policy
Integration of medical treatment and prevention
Social support
Machine learning

Published Papers

  • Open Access


    Self-Compassion Moderates the Effect of Contingent Self-Esteem on Well-Being: Evidence from Cross-Sectional Survey and Experiment

    Ruirui Zhang, Xuguang Zhang, Minxin Yang, Haoran Zhang
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.045819
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Mental Health and Social Development)
    Abstract Contingent self-esteem captures the fragile nature of self-esteem and is often regarded as suboptimal to psychological functioning. Self-compassion is another important self-related concept assumed to promote mental health and well-being. However, research on the relation of self-compassion to contingent self-esteem is lacking. Two studies were conducted to explore the role of self-compassion, either as a personal characteristic or an induced mindset, in influencing the effects of contingent self-esteem on well-being. Study 1 recruited 256 Chinese college students (30.4% male, mean age = 21.72 years) who filled out measures of contingent self-esteem, self-compassion, and well-being. The results found that self-compassion moderated… More >

  • Open Access


    Shifting the Paradigm: A Fresh Look at Physical Activity Frequency and Its Impact on Mental Health, Life Satisfaction, and SelfRated Health in Adolescents

    Wenjie Li, Yucheng Gao, Guoqing Liu, Rongkai Hao, Meijie Zhang, Xiaotian Li
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.042014
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Mental Health and Social Development)
    Abstract As adolescent mental health problems are becoming a more serious issue globally, this paper explores the relationship of physical activity in adolescents and its frequency on mental health as well as examines the mediating effects of life satisfaction and self-rated health in order to provide a reference for the promotion of mental health in adolescents. A sample of 3578 Chinese high school students completed questionnaires assessing their mental health, physical activity frequency, life satisfaction, and self-rated health. The mean SCL-90 value for adolescents was found to be 1.629%, and 24.73% of adolescents had varying degrees of mental health issue. Increased… More >

  • Open Access


    The Relationship between Father-Love Absence and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury: Based on Nock’s Integrated Theoretical Model of NSSI

    Yuhan Zhou, Xiaojun Li, Yanhui Xiang
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.26, No.1, pp. 31-38, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.043167
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Mental Health and Social Development)
    Abstract Fathers play an important role in children’s development throughout their lives, and Father-Love Absence (FLA) leads to more behavioral problems, including Non-Suicidal Self-Injury (NSSI). However, there has been no research on the relationship between FLA and NSSI and its influencing mechanism. This study is based on Nock’s integrated theoretical model of NSSI, aiming to explore the influence of FLA on NSSI and further investigate the mechanism of Subjective Vitality (SV) and Forgiveness (FORG). This study recruited 1795 adolescents in central China to complete four scales, including Father-Love Absence Scale (FLAS), The Subjective Vitality Scale (SVS), The Tendency to Forgive Scale… More >

  • Open Access


    The Relationship between Mental Disorders and Personality of Outpatients in a Psychiatric Clinic in Nanjing, China

    Yiteng Zang, Biyun Xu, Sizhen Chen, Grace Mutale, Qiuyun Cao, Bingwei Chen
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.12, pp. 1287-1302, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.042584
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Mental Health and Social Development)
    Abstract Psychosis has increasingly become a social problem, emphasizing the need to understand the relationship between mental disorders and personality. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between mental disorders and personality among psychiatric outpatients based on real-world data. Symptom Checklist 90 (SCL-90) and Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) were used to evaluate the personality and psychopathological symptoms of patients (n = 8409) in the Psychiatric Outpatient Department at Nanjing Drum Tower Hospital. t-test was used to compare scores between patients and national norms. Pearson’s correlation coefficient and path analysis were used to explore the relationship between mental health status and personality.… More >

  • Open Access


    The Electrophysiology of Semantic Processing in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Meta-Analysis

    Danfeng Yuan, Xiangyun Yang, Lijuan Yang, Zhanjiang Li
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1067-1079, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.041430
    (This article belongs to this Special Issue: Mental Health and Social Development)
    Abstract Language difficulties vary widely among people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, the semantic processing of autistic person and its underlying electrophysiological mechanism are still unclear. This meta-analysis aimed to explore the disturbance of semantic processing in patients with ASD. PubMed, Web of Science, and Embase were searched for event-related potential (ERP) studies on semantic processing in autistic people published in English before September 01, 2022. Pooled estimates were calculated by fixed-effects or random-effects models according to the heterogeneity using Comprehensive Meta-Analysis 2.0. The potential moderators were explored by meta-regression and subgroup analysis. This meta-analysis has been registered at the… More >

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