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  1. Study protocol

    Psychological skills training and a mindfulness-based intervention to enhance functional athletic performance: design of a randomized controlled trial using ambulatory assessment

    Struggling to deliver performance in competitions is one of the main reasons why athletes seek the advice of sport psychologists. Psychologists apply a variety of intervention techniques, many of which are not...

    Philipp Röthlin, Daniel Birrer, Stephan Horvath and Martin grosse Holtforth

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:39

    Published on: 26 July 2016

  2. Study protocol

    Comparison of two psycho-educational family group interventions for improving psycho-social outcomes in persons with spinal cord injury and their caregivers: a randomized-controlled trial of multi-family group intervention versus an active education control condition

    Over 12,000 individuals suffer a spinal cord injury (SCI) annually in the United States, necessitating long-term, complex adjustments and responsibilities for patients and their caregivers. Despite growing evi...

    Dennis G. Dyck, Douglas L. Weeks, Sarah Gross, Crystal Lederhos Smith, Hilary A. Lott, Aimee J. Wallace and Sonya M. Wood

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:40

    Published on: 26 July 2016

  3. Research article

    Social capital – a mixed blessing for women? A cross-sectional study of different forms of social relations and self-rated depression in Moscow

    Depression is a major health problem worldwide, especially among women. The condition has been related to a number of factors, such as alcohol consumption, economic situation and, more recently, to social capi...

    Sara Ferlander, Andrew Stickley, Olga Kislitsyna, Tanya Jukkala, Per Carlson and Ilkka Henrik Mäkinen

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:37

    Published on: 22 July 2016

  4. Study protocol

    Healthy Learning Mind - a school-based mindfulness and relaxation program: a study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial

    Mindfulness has shown positive effects on mental health, mental capacity and well-being among adult population. Among children and adolescents, previous research on the effectiveness of mindfulness interventio...

    Salla-maarit Volanen, Maarit Lassander, Nelli Hankonen, Päivi Santalahti, Mirka Hintsanen, Nina Simonsen, Anu Raevuori, Sari Mullola, Tero Vahlberg, Anna But and Sakari Suominen

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:35

    Published on: 11 July 2016

  5. Research article

    Friendship networks and psychological well-being from late adolescence to young adulthood: a gender-specific structural equation modeling approach

    The importance of supportive social relationships for psychological well-being has been previously recognized, but the direction of associations between both dimensions and how they evolve when adolescents ent...

    Alexander Miething, Ylva B. Almquist, Viveca Östberg, Mikael Rostila, Christofer Edling and Jens Rydgren

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:34

    Published on: 11 July 2016

  6. Study protocol

    Efficacy of the Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline in Twin Families (VIPP-Twins): Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

    Intervention programs with the aim of enhancing parenting quality have been found to be differentially effective in decreasing negative child outcomes such as externalizing behavioral problems, resulting in mo...

    Saskia Euser, Marian J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, Bianca G. van den Bulk, Mariëlle Linting, Rani C. Damsteegt, Claudia I. Vrijhof, Ilse C. van Wijk, Eveline A. Crone and Marinus H. van IJzendoorn

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:33

    Published on: 6 June 2016

  7. Research article

    Worry is associated with robust reductions in heart rate variability: a transdiagnostic study of anxiety psychopathology

    Individuals with anxiety disorders display reduced resting-state heart rate variability (HRV), although findings have been contradictory and the role of specific symptoms has been less clear. It is possible th...

    John A. Chalmers, James A. J. Heathers, Maree J. Abbott, Andrew H. Kemp and Daniel S. Quintana

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:32

    Published on: 3 June 2016

  8. Editorial

    Psychology, replication & beyond

    Modern psychology is apparently in crisis and the prevailing view is that this partly reflects an inability to replicate past findings. If a crisis does exists, then it is some kind of ‘chronic’ crisis, as psy...

    Keith R. Laws

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:30

    Published on: 1 June 2016

  9. Research article

    The testing effect for mediator final test cues and related final test cues in online and laboratory experiments

    The testing effect is the finding that information that is retrieved during learning is more often correctly retrieved on a final test than information that is restudied. According to the semantic mediator hyp...

    Leonora C. Coppens, Peter P. J. L. Verkoeijen, Samantha Bouwmeester and Remy M. J. P. Rikers

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:25

    Published on: 31 May 2016

  10. Research article

    The mental-attention Tai Chi effect with older adults

    Tai Chi practice has some fitness, wellness, and general cognitive effects in older adults. However, benefits of Tai Chi on specific mental-attentional executive processes have not been investigated previously. W...

    Theresa H. M. Kim, Juan Pascual-Leone, Janice Johnson and Hala Tamim

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:29

    Published on: 31 May 2016

  11. Research article

    Short-term effects of the “Together at School” intervention program on children’s socio-emotional skills: a cluster randomized controlled trial

    Together at School is a universal intervention program designed to promote socio-emotional skills among primary-school children. It is based on a whole school approach, and implemented in school classes by tea...

    Olli Kiviruusu, Katja Björklund, Hanna-Leena Koskinen, Antti Liski, Jallu Lindblom, Heini Kuoppamäki, Paula Alasuvanto, Tiina Ojala, Hanna Samposalo, Nina Harmes, Elina Hemminki, Raija-Leena Punamäki, Reijo Sund and Päivi Santalahti

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:27

    Published on: 26 May 2016

  12. Research article

    The effectiveness of email-based exercises in promoting psychological wellbeing and healthy lifestyle: a two-year follow-up study

    Web-based interventions provide a possibility to enhance well-being in large groups of people. Only a few studies have studied the effectiveness of the interventions and there is no information on the sustaina...

    Minna Torniainen-Holm, Maiju Pankakoski, Tuomas Lehto, Osmo Saarelma, Pekka Mustonen, Kaisla Joutsenniemi and Jaana Suvisaari

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:21

    Published on: 17 May 2016

  13. Research article

    Tobacco consumption and positive mental health: an epidemiological study from a positive psychology perspective

    Positive mental health (PMH) is much more than the absence of mental illnesses. For example, PMH explains that to be happy or resilient can drive us to live a full life, giving us a perception of well-being an...

    Juan Carlos Bazo-Alvarez, Frank Peralta-Alvarez, Antonio Bernabé-Ortiz, Germán F. Alvarado and J. Jaime Miranda

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:22

    Published on: 4 May 2016

  14. Research article

    Social and occupational factors associated with psychological distress and disorder among disaster responders: a systematic review

    When disasters occur, there are many different occupational groups involved in rescue, recovery and support efforts. This study aimed to conduct a systematic literature review to identify social and occupation...

    Samantha K. Brooks, Rebecca Dunn, Richard Amlôt, Neil Greenberg and G. James Rubin

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:18

    Published on: 26 April 2016

  15. Research article

    Mental health of college students and their non-college-attending peers: results from a large French cross-sectional survey

    The great majority of mental disorders begin during adolescence or early adulthood, although they are often detected and treated later in life. To compare mental health status of college students and their non...

    Viviane Kovess-Masfety, Emmanuelle Leray, Laure Denis, Mathilde Husky, Isabelle Pitrou and Florence Bodeau-Livinec

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:20

    Published on: 21 April 2016

  16. Research article

    Sex stereotypes influence adults’ perception of babies’ cries

    Despite widespread evidence that gender stereotypes influence human parental behavior, their potential effects on adults’ perception of babies’ cries have been overlooked. In particular, whether adult listener...

    David Reby, Florence Levréro, Erik Gustafsson and Nicolas Mathevon

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:19

    Published on: 14 April 2016

  17. Study protocol

    A protocol for a randomised active-controlled trial to evaluate the effects of an online mindfulness intervention on executive control, critical thinking and key thinking dispositions in a university student sample

    While most modern research focuses on the clinical benefits of mindfulness, an emerging body of work suggests that mindfulness can facilitate self-regulation of everyday thinking in typically developing indivi...

    Chris Noone and Michael J. Hogan

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:17

    Published on: 12 April 2016

  18. Research article

    Participation in rural community groups and links with psychological well-being and resilience: a cross-sectional community-based study

    Fostering the development of community groups can be an important part of boosting community participation and improving health and well-being outcomes in rural communities. In this article, we examine whether...

    Anthony Lyons, Gillian Fletcher, Jane Farmer, Amanda Kenny, Lisa Bourke, Kylie Carra and Emily Bariola

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:16

    Published on: 8 April 2016

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