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Living under ongoing shelling and missile attacks could cause a widespread of disruption of everyday life and emotional distress. Coping with such distress could be associated with the personal resources of religion and spirituality. The present study aimed to examine the relationships between religiosity and spirituality with Post Traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms among a civilian population frequently exposed to missile and rocket threats. One hundred and twenty-four (N = 124) civilian participants living within 10 km from shelling and missile attacks fired towards them, completed demographic, religiosity, spirituality, and PTSD questionnaires. The study findings demonstrate that religiosity is associated with higher levels of PTSD symptoms while spirituality is associated with lower levels of PTSD symptoms. When dividing the sample into two groups-religious and secular, no association was found between religiosity and PTSD symptoms among the religious group, whereas among the secular group, there was a positive association. Spirituality was negatively associated with PTSD symptoms among both groups. This study may offer a significant contribution to models of intervention following continued exposure to trauma, emphasizing the importance of spiritually and sensitivity to religion while coping with PTSD symptoms. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

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

    Danfeng Yuan1, Xiangyun Yang1, Lijuan Yang1, Zhanjiang Li1,2,*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1067-1079, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.041430
    (This article belongs to the 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… More >

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    Preventing Health Anxiety: The Role of Self-Evaluation, Sense of Coherence, Self-Rated Health and Perceived Social Support

    Sándor Csibi1, Mónika Csibi2,*, József Bognár1
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1081-1088, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029390
    Abstract Background: Components of Self, completed with the perceived social support determine the individual differences in the evaluation of a stressor and the behavioral responses toward it, such as health-related anxiety. The study set as a goal the analysis of associations between the components of Self, such as self-evaluation, sense of coherence, perceived social support, and reported health-related anxiety in an adult sample. Methods: 147 adults from the 18–73 age group (mean age 37.5) voluntarily completed the questionnaire through Qualtrics online platform containing the Short Health Anxiety Inventory, Core Self-Evaluation Scale, Social Support Assessing Scale, and… More >

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    Effectiveness of Post-Traumatic Growth Intervention to Promote Positive PostTraumatic Traits in Chinese Breast Cancer Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    Cuirong Xu1,*, Han Yan2, Dawei Xu3, Guanjie Chen5, Qian Xu2, Kunpeng Li6, Yehao Rui7, Zanmin Song3, Neeraj Gill3, Jing Sun3,4,*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1089-1102, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030526
    Abstract Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of post-traumatic growth (PTG) model-based intervention to improve positive psychological traits in Chinese breast cancer patients. Design: A randomized control trial of a psychological group intervention based on PTG model. Methods: The Clinical Trial was registered on 17 August 2019 at Chinese Clinical Trials.gov with Registration number ChiCTR1900025264. A total of 92 patients with breast cancer were recruited. The participants were randomly assigned to the experimental group (n = 46) and the control group (n = 46). A six-session psychological group intervention based on PTG model… More >

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    Break Free from Depression: Implementation and Outcomes of a School-Based Depression Awareness Program

    Amy J. Kaye1,*, Vanessa Prosper2, Kathryn Moffa1, Vanja Pejic1, Karen Capraro1, Georgios D. Sideridis1, Abigail Ross1,3, Kristine M. Dennery1, David R. DeMaso1
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1103-1115, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030185
    Abstract The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of Break Free from Depression (BFFD), a school-based depression awareness curriculum, in comparison to a wait list control group. A total of 13 eighth grade classrooms participated in either an intervention or control group and completed pre-, post-, and three-month follow-up surveys. Students participating in BFFD (N = 6 classrooms, 166 students) demonstrated enhanced knowledge of and more adaptive attitudes towards depression compared to the control group (N = 7 classrooms, 155 students). Participants in the BFFD intervention also demonstrated increases in their confidence in… More >

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    Psychological and Physiological Health Benefits of a Structured Forest Therapy Program for Children and Adolescents with Mental Health Disorders

    Namyun Kil1,*, Jin Gun Kim2, Emily Thornton1, Amy Jeranek3
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1117-1125, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.022981
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Disentangling the Pathway to the Health of Adults’ Populations: Emotional and Physical Wellbeing)
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    Mental health conditions in children and adolescents can be improved by slow mindful nature connection known as forest therapy or bathing. Forest therapy has recently received growing attention as an enabler of relaxation and preventive health care with demonstrated clinical efficacy. However, it is not well-known that forest therapy also decreases mental health issues among individuals with mental health disorders. This study explored the psychological and physiological health benefits of structured forest therapy programs for children and adolescents with mental health disorders. A one-group pre-test-posttest design was employed for our study participants. Twelve participants (aged 9–14

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    Who Is More Vulnerable? The Age-Period-Cohort Effect of Psychological Distress among Urban Residents in China

    Wenbin Wang*, Yang Cao
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1127-1136, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030315
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Social Stress, Adversity, and Mental Health in Transitional China)
    Abstract How does psychological distress evolve over time? This study utilizes cross-sectional data from the China General Social Survey from 2010 to 2017 to explore the differences in psychological distress among Chinese residents at various ages, periods, and cohorts. The dummy variable method and random effects hierarchical age-period-cohort model were employed to isolate the age, period, and cohort effects that impacted the psychological distress of Chinese urban residents. First, in terms of the age effect, the psychological distress experienced by residents tends to increase initially and then decrease with age. Middle-aged individuals, around 40 years old,… More >

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    Coping with Trauma: The Relationship between Religiosity, Spirituality, and Post-Traumatic Symptoms among Civilians Exposed to Ongoing Rocket-Fire

    Jonathan T. Wolkinson, Michael Weinberg*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1137-1145, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029641
    Abstract Living under ongoing shelling and missile attacks could cause a widespread of disruption of everyday life and emotional distress. Coping with such distress could be associated with the personal resources of religion and spirituality. The present study aimed to examine the relationships between religiosity and spirituality with Post Traumatic stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms among a civilian population frequently exposed to missile and rocket threats. One hundred and twenty-four (N = 124) civilian participants living within 10 km from shelling and missile attacks fired towards them, completed demographic, religiosity, spirituality, and PTSD questionnaires. The study findings demonstrate… More >

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    Who Benefits More from Physical Exercise? On the Relations between Personality, Physical Exercise, and Well-Being

    Jialing Miao1, Wei Liao2,*, Baoguo Xie3
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1147-1157, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030671
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Quality of Life, Well-Being and Mental Health in the context of Physical Activity and Health)
    Abstract Although employers believe that encouraging and supporting physical exercise activities by purchasing fitness equipment and building sports venues can improve employees’ well-being, the utilization rate is rather low. Since most of the evidence of the well-being promotion in the workplace concentrated on the perspectives of organizational factors and psychosocial factors and focused on the reduction of the negative affect of well-being, it is still an open question whether physical exercise has benefits on both negative and positive affect of wellbeing and who benefits more from physical exercise. Thus, the purpose of this study is to… More >

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    Retraction: Application Research of Music Therapy in Mental Health of Special Children

    Yingfeng Wang*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.10, pp. 1159-1159, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.046109
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