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    Chinese Adaptation and Psychometric Properties of the Belief in a Just World Scale for College Students

    Zhe Yu1,2, Shuping Yang1,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.26, No.4, pp. 271-278, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2024.048342

    Abstract This study aims to revise the Belief in a Just World Scale (BJWS) for Chinese college students and test its reliability and validity (construct validity, convergent and divergent validity). Two samples of 546 and 595 college students were selected, respectively, using stratified cluster random sampling. Item analysis, exploratory factor analysis (EFA), confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), reliability analysis and convergent and divergent validity tests were carried out. The results showed that the 13 items of the BJWS have good item discrimination. The corrected item–total correlation in the general belief in a just world subscale was found… More >

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    Do Public Health Events Promote the Prevalence of Adjustment Disorder in College Students? An Example from the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Rong Fu*, Luze Xie

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.26, No.1, pp. 21-30, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.041730

    Abstract COVID-19, as one of the most serious sudden public health problems in this century, is a serious threat to people’s mental health. College students, as a vulnerable group, are more likely to develop mental health problems. When the body is unable to adapt to new changes in the environment, the main mental health problem that arises is adjustment disorder. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and influencing factors of adjustment disorder among college students during the COVID-19 outbreak in China. Cross-sectional data collected by web-based questionnaires were obtained through convenience sampling… More >

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    The Social Networking Addiction Scale: Translation and Validation Study among Chinese College Students

    Siyuan Bi1, Junfeng Yuan1,2, Lin Luo1,2,3,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.26, No.1, pp. 51-60, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.041614

    Abstract Purpose: The core component theory of addiction behavior provides a multidimensional theoretical model for measuring social networking addiction. Based on this theoretical model, the Social Networking Addiction Scale (SNAS) was developed. The aim of this study was to test the psychometric properties of the Chinese version of the SNAS (SNAS-C). Methods: This study used a sample of 3383 Chinese university students to conduct confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) to explore the structural validity of the SNAS-C. This study examined the Pearson correlations between the six subscales of the SNAS-C (i.e., salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms,… More >

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    Research on the Intervention Effect of Art-Making on the Anxiety Symptoms of College Students

    Qiuyue Wu1,2,3, Zhicheng Wang2, Tao Li2,3,*, Lu Wang1

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.11, pp. 1237-1243, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.046844

    Abstract This research was to investigate the intervention effect of art-making on the anxiety symptoms of college students. A sample of 400 college students took part in this research. They were assigned to the experiment group (n = 200) and the control group (n = 200) according to Self-Rating Anxiety Scale (SAS) scores. Unlike the control group, the experiment group received a standard art-making program under the supervision of trained instructors for a period of twelve sessions two times weekly which was continued for six weeks. Self-Rating Anxiety Seale (SAS) and Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAMA) were More >

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    Relationships between Features of Emerging Adulthood, Situated Decisions toward Physical Activity, and Physical Activity among College Students: The Moderating Role of Exercise-Intensity Tolerance

    Jinghua Chen1,#, Zihe Wang2,#, Fabian Herold3, Alyx Taylor4, Jin Kuang1, Ting Wang1, Arthur F. Kramer5,6, Liye Zou1,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.11, pp. 1209-1217, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030539

    Abstract A significant portion of emerging adults do not achieve recommended levels of physical activity (PA). Previous studies observed associations between features of emerging adulthood and PA levels, while the potential psychological mechanisms that might explain this phenomenon are not fully understood. In this context, there is some evidence that situated decisions toward physical activity (SDPA) and exercise-intensity tolerance might influence PA level. To provide empirical support for this assumption, the current study investigated whether (i) features of emerging adulthood are linked to SDPA, which, in turn, might affect PA engagement; (ii) exercise-intensity tolerance moderate the… More >

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    Serial Multiple Mediation of the Relationship between Positive Coping Style and Post-Traumatic Growth among Chinese College Students in the Aftermath of COVID-19

    Qi Li, Jinsheng Hu*, Peng Wan

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.11, pp. 1173-1186, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.030343


    Given the ongoing character of COVID-19, higher-education students encountered multifaceted pressures brought about by the pandemic and had to overcome many difficulties during this period. Accordingly, it is imperative to identify the factors that may have protective effects on the social functioning and mental status of college students in the aftermath of COVID-19. This cross-sectional study sought to ascertain the internal mechanism of positive coping (PC) styles affecting post-traumatic growth (PTG) and considered the mediating roles of cognitive reappraisal (CR), psychological resilience (PR), and deliberate rumination (DR), which are essential for understanding how and to

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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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    The Relationship between Exercise and Psychotic Symptoms in College Students: A Cross-Sectional Analysis

    Yangjuan Ye, Haijun Tang*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.7, pp. 873-879, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.028107

    Abstract An increasing number of studies have suggested that increased physical activity is associated with less mental illness. However, the relationship between exercise and psychotic experiences (PEs) is still unknown. The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between exercise and PEs in college students in the United States. Data from the Health Mind Survey (2020–2021 round) were analyzed. Respondents included 137,916 college students who were asked about exercise and PEs (lifetime psychotic experiences, delusions, and hallucinations). A multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to investigate the relationship between exercise and PEs while controlling More >

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    Validation of the Chinese Version of the Affective Exercise Experiences Questionnaire (AFFEXX-C)

    Ting Wang1, Boris Cheval2,3, Silvio Maltagliati4, Zachary Zenko5, Fabian Herold6, Sebastian Ludyga7, Markus Gerber7, Yan Luo8, Layan Fessler4, Notger G. Müller6, Liye Zou1,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.7, pp. 799-812, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.028324

    Abstract Despite the well-established benefits of regular physical activity (PA) on health, a large proportion of the world population does not achieve the recommended level of regular PA. Although affective experiences toward PA may play a key role to foster a sustained engagement in PA, they have been largely overlooked and crudely measured in the existing studies. To address this shortcoming, the Affective Exercise Experiences (AFFEXX) questionnaire has been developed to measure such experiences. Specifically, this questionnaire was developped to assess the following three domains: antecedent appraisals (e.g., liking vs. disliking exercise in groups), core affective… More >

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    The Effect of Self-Investment on Hoarding Tendency of Chinese College Students: Role of Psychological Connections

    Xiangli Guan1, Yue Zhang2, Yang Li1, Yaqi Zhang1,*, Jingjing Wang1, Xuejiao Li1, Mary C. Jobe3, Md Zahir Ahmed4, Oli Ahmed5

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.25, No.6, pp. 755-766, 2023, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.027086

    Abstract Because of factors such as energy and time one invests in an object, the stronger the connection, value, and reluctance to lose said object individual will have. Hoarding behavior arises when individuals incorporate a strong attachment with themselves to an object. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of self-investment on hoarding tendency and the roles of possession-self link and liking level in this connection. A hypothetical model of the relationship between self-investment, possession-self link, liking level, and hoarding tendency was tested. A convenience sampling method was used to survey 450 college… More >

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