Special lssues

Movement Behaviors and Well-being Among Emerging Adults

Submission Deadline: 30 November 2023 (closed)

Guest Editors

Liye Zou, Shenzhen Peacock Program: Category C Talents. Director for Body-Brain-Mind Laboratory. He has obtained his both master and doctoral degrees in the United States. His research interest has focused on lifestyle behaviors (exercise, caloric restriction, mindfulness) and brain health (cognition and motor learning/procedural memory). Particularly, he is strongly interested in identifying how exercise modalities can be used to improve cognitive function and effectively regulate emotion in both healthy and clinical populations across the lifespan. Meanwhile, his team has used the dual-process theoretical models at which affective (pleasure and displeasure) responses to exercise are investigated in both behavioral and biological perspectives. Such findings can be translated to behavior-change in physical activity and exercise. He has published nearly 80 peer-reviewed scientific articles and currently serves as editorial board member in International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology (SSCI, Q1),Frontiers in Public Health (SSCI, Q1), Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (SCI, Q2), Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience (SCI, Q1).


The concept of emerging adulthood has existed for more than 20 years (Arnett, 2007). With developments of the Inventory of the Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood (IDEA) (Reifman et al, 2017) and the Markers of Adulthood (MOA) (Arnett, 1998, 2001, 2003), the proposed features of emerging adulthood (i.e., identity exploration, instability, possibility/optimism, self-focus, feeling inbetween, and) and its associated biomarkers (i.e., biological/chronological transitions, role transitions, family capacities, individualism, relational maturity, and norm compliance) have been considered as essential factors in explaining a wide range of health-related outcomes including affect (depression and anxiety) and behaviors (internet addiction, drug use and alcohol abuse). However, at the time of writing, the potential associations between IDEA- and MOA-related measures with movement behaviors (physical activity, sedentary behavior, and/or sleep pattern) have been largely ignored, especially the above-mentioned two types of measures linking to health-related indicators within a same study. To fill this knowledge gap, our research team has conducted preliminary studies investigating whether the associations between IDEA-features and health-related outcomes can be explained by movement behaviors (i.e., IDEA-features movement behaviors health). Such promising findings has provided new insight into stakeholders (i.e, administers, counselors and physical educators) in school setting in where they should promote movement behaviors of emerging adulthood through a variety of strategies. Meanwhile, more empirical studies on movement behaviors in emerging adulthood are urgently needed to further improve the theory of emerging adulthood.


To this end, IJMHP is devoting a Special Issue focusing on movement behaviors among Emerging Adults. Empirical work with quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods approaches and work are encouraged for submission. All manuscripts must focus on the emerging adult developmental period (ages 18-29), and adopt a developmental perspective.


Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ead as either an empirical article (40-page limit) or a brief report (15-page limit), and should be prepared according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition. In the cover letter, authors will state that the manuscript is being submitted for Movement Behavior Special Issue, and in the submission portal, they will select the Movement Behavior option.


For additional information, refer to the journal’s submission guidelines at https://www.techscience.com/IJMHP/info/auth_instru or contact Liye Zou at liyezou123@gmail.com 

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