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This study was conducted to examine the relationships among physical activity, perceived social support and hope in the group of rural left-behind children. It was found that physical activity can not only directly and positively predict the level of hope in rural left-behind children. It can also indirectly predict their sense of hope through perceived social support. Moreover, perceived social support was found to have a mediating effect on the relationship between physical activity and hope in rural left-behind children. These findings can deepen the understanding of left-behind children’s sense of hope and have important implications for maintaining and improving rural left-behind children’s mental health.

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    Meaning in Life and Mental Health Issues in Older Adults: A Meta-Analysis

    Shu Nie1, Jiyoon Lim2, Xintian Xu3, Lei Zheng4, Yiqun Gan2,*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 971-984, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029155
    Abstract This study aims to be the first to use meta-analysis to explore the relationship between meaning in life (MIL) and mental health issues among older adults. A meta-analysis was conducted using six databases, resulting in 16 studies with 5,074 participants in total. The “metacor” and “forestplot” packages in R-Studio were used for data analysis. The total effect was calculated using a random-effects model, with I² = 86% in the heterogeneity test. The results showed a moderate negative correlation between MIL and mental health issues among older adults, with an average effect of −0.37. Five potential… More >

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    Medical Students’ Views on Psychiatry in Germany and Italy: Survey

    Andy Man Yeung Tai1,*, Janet Suen2, Mostafa Mamdouh Kamel2, Georg Schomerus3, Angelo Giovanni Icro Maremmaniz4, Reinhard Michael Krausz1
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 985-993, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030087
    Abstract Objectives: In 2019, the Insititue for Health Metrics and Evaluation reported that 16% of life lost were attributed to mental health. As a result, global shortage of psychiatrists is a pressing issue due to the increasing burden of mental illness. In 2016, a mere 5% of US medical students chose psychiatry as a career, a trend mirrored in Germany and Italy. As the medical students of 2016 have graduated or transitioned into residency in 2023, their attitudes towards psychiatry could have contributed to today’s shortage of psychiatrists. The global mental health burden has only been… More >

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    A Bifactor Analysis Approach to Construct Validity and Reliability of the Affective Exercise Experience Questionnaire among Chinese College Students

    Ting Wang1, Markus Gerber2, Fabian Herold3, Joseph Bardeen4, Sebastian Ludyga2, Alyx Taylor5, Arthur F. Kramer6,7, Liye Zou1,*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 995-1008, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029804
    Abstract Affective exercise experience as an emerging theoretical concept has great potential to provide a more nuanced understanding of individual factors that influence exercise behavior. However, concerning the Affective Exercise Experiences (AFFEXX) questionnaire, it has not been examined yet whether the structural score of the AFFEXX is a useful index to predict physical activity (refers to any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that requires energy expenditure). Furthermore, there is currently a gap in knowledge regarding the psychological mechanisms that can explain the relationship between affective exercise experiences and the level of physical activity (PA). In… More >

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    Cross-Lagged Relationship between Physical Activity Time, Openness and Depression Symptoms among Adolescents: Evidence from China

    Xiaojie Cao1, Qinyu Zhang2, Xinqiao Liu3,*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 1009-1018, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029365
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Quality of Life, Well-Being and Mental Health in the context of Physical Activity and Health)
    Abstract The relationship between physical activity time, openness and depression symptoms among adolescents is a cutting-edge research direction in the field, yet it remains unclear. This study is based on a sample of 7924 students from a nationally representative China Education Panel Survey database and examines the bidirectional relationships between physical activity time, openness and depression symptoms among Chinese adolescents. Descriptive analysis showed that during the 7th and 8th grades, the average physical activity time decreased to less than one hour per day, accompanied by a decreasing trend in openness and a slight worsening in depression… More >

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    The Mediating Role of Religious Beliefs in the Relationship between Well-Being and Fear of the Pandemic

    Van-Son Huynh1, Thanh-Thao Ly1, My-Tien Nguyen-Thi1,*, Xuan Thanh Kieu Nguyen2, Gallayaporn Nantachai3,4, Vinh-Long Tran-Chi1
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 1019-1031, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029235
    (This article belongs to the Special Issue: Coping with Life Stress During/After the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Mental Health)
    Abstract Religion is one of the social entities that has had a significant impact on the pandemic. The study’s goals are to investigate the relationship between well-being and fear of COVID-19, as well as to test whether religious beliefs mediate the effect of wellbeing on fear of COVID-19. The sample comprised of 433 participants in Vietnam. Independent Sample t-Test, One-way ANOVA, mediation analysis were used to analyze the data. In the levels of well-being, individuals who engage in religious services daily have higher levels than those hardly and never attend, and people from the age of 18 More >

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    The Relationship between Rural Left-Behind Children’s Physical Activity and Hope: The Mediating Effects of Perceived Social Support

    Menglong Li*, Yujia Ren
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 1033-1039, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.028243
    Abstract It has been confirmed in previous studies that there is a positive correlation between physical activity and hope. In this study, rural left-behind children in China was taken as the participants to investigate the impact of physical activity on hope in rural left-behind children and examine the mediating role of perceived social support in the relationship between physical activity and hope. 797 valid copies of the questionnaire were collected from China. Pearson correlation coefficient was employed to analyze the relationship between physical activity and hope; SEM and Bootstrap were used to test the mediating effect… More >

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    Effect of Online Social Networking on Emotional Status and Its Interaction with Offline Reality during the Early Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic in China

    Xiaolin Lu1,*, Xiaolei Miao2
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 1041-1052, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030232
    Abstract Background: During the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, social interactions shifted to online spaces due to lock-downs and social distancing measures. As a result, the impact of online social networking on users’ emotional status has become stronger than ever. This study examines the association between online social networking and Internet users’ emotional status and how offline reality affects this relationship. Methods: The study utilizes cross-sectional online survey data (n = 3004) and Baidu Migration big data from the first 3 months of the pandemic. Two dimensions of online networking are measured: social… More >

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    Effect of Online Social Networking on Emotional Status and Its Interaction with Offline Reality during the Early Stage of the COVID-19 Pandemic in China

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    Associations of Time Spent on Study and Sleep with Anxiety and Depressive Symptoms in Junior High School Students: Report from the Large-Scale Monitoring of Basic Education Data in China

    Hao Yao1, Shuzhen Chen2,*
    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.9, pp. 1053-1065, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.028844
    Abstract In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and under the pressure of high competitiveness for higher education in China, junior high school students’ mental health is facing greater challenges. Understanding the time allocation of study and sleep is necessary for developing effective prevention and treatment programs. Based on a survey of 31,057 junior high school students in 47 junior high schools in Gansu Province, mainland China, the study analyzed the associations of time spent on study and sleep with anxiety and depressive symptoms among junior high school students through chi-square test, ANOVA, logistic regression model… More >

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