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    The Relationship between Dimensions of Emerging Adulthood and Behavioral Problems among Chinese Emerging Adults: The Mediating Role of Physical Activity and SelfControl

    Jin Kuang1, Jeffrey Jensen Arnett2, Erle Chen3, Zsolt Demetrovics4,5, Fabian Herold6, Rebecca Y. M. Cheung7, Daniel L. Hall8, Michaela Markwart8, Markus Gerber9, Sebastian Ludyga9, Arthur F. Kramer10,11, Liye Zou1,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.8, pp. 937-948, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.029187

    Abstract Emerging adulthood (EA) is a critical stage of life to develop and sustain a healthy lifestyle, which is also a time of vulnerability to poor physical and mental health outcomes. In this study, we conducted a path analysis (N = 1326) to examine associations among four dimensions of EA, levels of regular physical activity (PA), self-control, MPA tendency and irrational procrastination. Results found: 1) higher levels of PA predicted both MPA tendency (β = −0.08, 95% CI: −0.11 to −0.06, p < 0.001) and irrational procrastination (β = −0.01, 95% CI: −0.17 to −0.008, p < 0.01) indirectly via self-control;… More >

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    Evaluation of Perinatal and Developmental Outcomes in Neonates with Abstinence Syndrome Admitted to NICU

    Ali Kheradmand1, Sahar Ashrafzadeh2, Farzane Rouzegari3, Samin Aliakbarian1, Ali Naseh4,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.2, pp. 265-274, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.024773

    Abstract Drug abuse by pregnant women is one of the significant problems for mothers and their neonates. This study aimed to investigate the effects of maternal substance use disorder during pregnancy on neonatal developmental criteria. In a case-control study, clinical records of 90 neonates diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome who were admitted to NICU in one of four hospitals affiliated with Shahid-Beheshti University of Medical Sciences in Tehran, Iran between 2017 and 2020 were compared to 90 neonates without neonatal abstinence syndrome (control group). Demographic information and data for neonatal developmental characteristics and complications were extracted from the clinical records of… More >

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    Prevalence and Factors Associated with Smartphone Addiction among Adolescents–A Nationwide Study in Malaysia

    Kai Wei Lee1, Siew Mooi Ching2,*, Norsiah Ali3, Chor Yau Ooi4, Shahnul Kamal Hj Sidek5, Azlin Amat6, Yusnita Yatim7, Zaiton Yahaya8, Nabihah Shamsuddin9, Idora Ibrahim10, Fauzia Abdul Majid11, Fazlin Suhana Othman12, Nik Suhaila Zakaria13, Artini Abidin14, Nor Hazlin Talib15, Dhashani Sivaratnam16

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.2, pp. 237-247, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.013407

    Abstract Smartphone ownership among adolescents is getting common in this decade especially in Malaysia; Adolescent are strongly devoted to their smartphone and this may lead to smartphone addiction. Studies have reported that smartphone addiction has become an emerging social and health problem especially among the youth in many countries however there is lack of study among adolescents in Malaysia. This study aimed to examine the prevalence and factors associated with smartphone addiction among adolescents in Malaysia. This was a cross-sectional study involving adolescents from 15 primary care clinics throughout the country. Respondents were assessed on their smartphone activities using the Malaysian… More >

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    The Contribution of BMI, Body Image Inflexibility, and Generalized Anxiety to Symptoms of Eating Disorders and Exercise Dependence in Exercisers

    Liye Zou1,2, Peiying Yang1, Fabian Herold3, Weina Liu1, Attila Szabo4, Alyx Taylor5, Jing Sun6, Liu Ji1,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.6, pp. 811-823, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.024862

    Abstract 1) Background: The common factors which potentially contribute to the development of eating disorders and exercise dependence during early adulthood are still relatively unclear. The present study aimed to examine the role of BMI, body image inflexibility, and generalized anxiety in these two behavioral problems in a sample of college students. 2) Methods: In total, 878 habitual exercisers (58.1% male with BMI = 22.12 ± 2.39; 41.9% female with BMI = 20.55 ± 2.21) with age of 20.09 ± 1.76 years participated in this study. The main outcomes of interest are exercise dependence symptoms, eating disorders symptoms, body image inflexibility, and symptoms of generalized anxiety (as measured by Exercise Dependence… More >

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    Mental Health Impacts of Information and Communication Technology Usage in South Africa

    Akinboade Oludele Akinloye1,*, Obareng Baldwin Manoko2, Mmafani Serote2, Trevor Taft3

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.23, No.2, pp. 255-276, 2021, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2021.011111

    Abstract This study examined mental health issues affecting the group of individuals who are in the social media contact list of the researchers. This was done by administering a closed structured questionnaire, covering information from participants’ demographic characteristics, duration of time spent on ICT usage, to their perceived health effects thereof. Male respondents, largely unemployed are active ICT users, addicted to the Internet, and also suffer from unspecified ailments. Aged 31–35 and above, half of men and all women participants spend more than 5 h per day. High-intensive ICT use is associated, in general, with concurrent symptoms of information overload, depression… More >

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    Comparative Effectiveness of Mind-Body Exercise Versus Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for College Students with Problematic Smartphone Use: A Randomized Controlled Trial

    Chunping Lu1,#, Liye Zou2,#, Benjamin Becker3, Mark D. Griffiths4, Qian Yu2, Si-Tong Chen5, Zsolt Demetrovics6, Can Jiao7, Xinli Chi7, Aiguo Chen8, Albert Yeung9, Shijie Liu10, Yanjie Zhang2,11,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.22, No.4, pp. 271-282, 2020, DOI:10.32604/IJMHP.2020.014419

    Abstract Purpose: The purpose of the present study was to compare the effectiveness of mind-body exercise (ME) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) on addiction level and psychological well-being among college students with problematic smartphone use (PSU). Methods: A 12-week randomized controlled study was carried out at a university in central China. A total of 95 PSU college students who met the inclusion criteria were randomly assigned to a ME group (ME, n = 31), CBT group (CBT, n = 30), or control group (CG, n = 34). Both ME intervention and CBT, twice per week for 90 min per session, lasting… More >

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