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    Association between Meeting 24-Hour Movement Guidelines and Psychological Features of Chinese Emerging Adults

    Yanjie Zhang1,2, Jin Kuang3, Xun Luo1,2, Mengxian Zhao4, Xiaolei Liu5,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.26, No.5, pp. 399-406, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2024.048925

    Abstract Background: Emerging adulthood is a pivotal life stage, presenting significant psychological and social changes, such as decreased sociability, depression, and other mental health problems. Previous studies have associated these changes with an unhealthy lifestyle. The 24-h movement guidelines for healthy lifestyles have been developed to promote appropriate health behaviors and improve individual wellness. However, the relationship between adherence to the 24-h movement guidelines and different characteristics of Chinese emerging adults is yet to be explored. This cross-sectional study aimed to investigate the association between adherence to the 24-h movement guidelines and four characteristics (self-exploration, instability, possibilities,… More >

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    Can Physical Activities Suppress Negative Impact of Stress on the Mental Health of Adolescents?

    Tena Velki*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.26, No.3, pp. 211-219, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2024.047950

    Abstract Early adolescence is a crucial developmental phase marked by significant physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes. While stress is widely recognized as a notable risk factor during this period, not all individuals experiencing stress concurrently manifest compromised mental health. The association between stress and mental health outcomes is influenced by individual differences in characteristics and coping strategies. This study’s purpose was to assess the negative impact of stress on mental health, specifically focusing on symptoms of anxiety, depression, and psychological distress. Additionally, the research investigates whether different levels of physical activity can suppress the negative effects… More >

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    Shifting the Paradigm: A Fresh Look at Physical Activity Frequency and Its Impact on Mental Health, Life Satisfaction, and Self-Rated Health in Adolescents

    Wenjie Li1, Yucheng Gao2, Guoqing Liu2, Rongkai Hao2, Meijie Zhang2, Xiaotian Li1,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.26, No.2, pp. 83-92, 2024, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2023.042014

    Abstract As adolescent mental health problems are becoming a more serious issue globally, this paper explores the relationship of physical activity in adolescents and its frequency on mental health as well as examines the mediating effects of life satisfaction and self-rated health in order to provide a reference for the promotion of mental health in adolescents. A sample of 3578 Chinese high school students completed questionnaires assessing their mental health, physical activity frequency, life satisfaction, and self-rated health. The mean SCL-90 value for adolescents was found to be 1.629%, and 24.73% of adolescents had varying degrees… 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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    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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    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

    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 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 < More >

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    Machine-Learning-Enabled Obesity Level Prediction Through Electronic Health Records

    Saeed Ali Alsareii1, Muhammad Awais2,*, Abdulrahman Manaa Alamri1, Mansour Yousef AlAsmari1, Muhammad Irfan3, Mohsin Raza2, Umer Manzoor4

    Computer Systems Science and Engineering, Vol.46, No.3, pp. 3715-3728, 2023, DOI:10.32604/csse.2023.035687

    Abstract Obesity is a critical health condition that severely affects an individual’s quality of life and well-being. The occurrence of obesity is strongly associated with extreme health conditions, such as cardiac diseases, diabetes, hypertension, and some types of cancer. Therefore, it is vital to avoid obesity and or reverse its occurrence. Incorporating healthy food habits and an active lifestyle can help to prevent obesity. In this regard, artificial intelligence (AI) can play an important role in estimating health conditions and detecting obesity and its types. This study aims to see obesity levels in adults by implementing… More >

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    Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things Enabled Intelligent Framework for Active and Healthy Living

    Saeed Ali Alsareii1, Mohsin Raza2, Abdulrahman Manaa Alamri1, Mansour Yousef AlAsmari1, Muhammad Irfan3, Hasan Raza4, Muhammad Awais2,*

    CMC-Computers, Materials & Continua, Vol.75, No.2, pp. 3833-3848, 2023, DOI:10.32604/cmc.2023.035686

    Abstract Obesity poses several challenges to healthcare and the well-being of individuals. It can be linked to several life-threatening diseases. Surgery is a viable option in some instances to reduce obesity-related risks and enable weight loss. State-of-the-art technologies have the potential for long-term benefits in post-surgery living. In this work, an Internet of Things (IoT) framework is proposed to effectively communicate the daily living data and exercise routine of surgery patients and patients with excessive weight. The proposed IoT framework aims to enable seamless communications from wearable sensors and body networks to the cloud to create More >

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    Physical exercise, Sedentary Behaviour, Sleep and Depression Symptoms in Chinese Young Adults During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Compositional Isotemporal Analysis

    Jianjun Su1, Enxiu Wei1, Cain Clark2, Kaixin Liang3, Xiaojiao Sun4,*

    International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, Vol.24, No.5, pp. 759-769, 2022, DOI:10.32604/ijmhp.2022.020152

    Abstract Numerous studies links movement activity (e.g., physical activity, sedentary behavior [SB], and sleep) with mental health or illness indicators during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, research has typically examined time-use behaviors independently, rather than considering daily activity as a 24-hour time-use composition. This cross-sectional study aimed to use compositional isotemporal analysis to estimate the association between reallocation of time-use behaviors and depression symptoms in young adults in China. Participants (n = 1475; 68.0% of female; 20.7 [1.60] years) reported their time spent in moderate to vigorous physical activity (MVPA), light physical activity (LPA), SB, and sleep.… More >

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