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Social, organizational, and cultural psychology

This section covers all aspects of social, organizational and cultural psychology. It aims to bridge the gap between psychology, culture and sociology. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, self concept, social cognition, social value, attitudes, persuasion, social interaction, interpersonal relationship and indigenous psychology to name a few.

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  1. Being bullied and socially excluded interferes with the fundamental need for humans to belong to a social group, which is necessary for well-being. This might underpin pain and the use of non-prescription anal...

    Authors: Siv Skarstein, Sølvi Helseth and Lisbeth Gravdal Kvarme

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:112

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  2. Pierce’s (The Black seventies: an extending horizon book, 1970) conception of “subtle and stunning” daily racial offenses, or microaggressions, remains salient even 50 years after it was introduced. Microaggre...

    Authors: Monnica T. Williams, Matthew D. Skinta, Jonathan W. Kanter, Renée Martin-Willett, Judy Mier-Chairez, Marlena Debreaux and Daniel C. Rosen

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:111

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  3. The age of onset for most mental disorders is typically young adulthood, and the university setting is an important one for addressing mental health. The University Personality Inventory (UPI), which was devel...

    Authors: Norio Sugawara, Norio Yasui-Furukori, Masayuki Sayama and Kazutaka Shimoda

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:103

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  4. Smartphone plays a vital role in higher education as it serves as a device with multiple functions. Smartphone addiction was reported on the rise among college and university students. The addiction may result...

    Authors: Leonard Yik-Chuan Lei, Muhd Al-Aarifin Ismail, Jamilah Al-Muhammady Mohammad and Muhamad Saiful Bahri Yusoff

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:97

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  5. Certain factors, such as depressive symptoms and binge drinking, may be linked to young adults’ ability to attain an acceptable level of functioning on specific life-domains (i.e. self-sufficiency). We studied...

    Authors: Suzanne J. van den Toren, Amy van Grieken, Marlou L. A. de Kroon, Wico C. Mulder, Yvonne T. M. Vanneste and Hein Raat

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:89

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  6. The Needs Assessment of Family Caregivers- Cancer (NAFC-C) scale is shown to have adequate psychometric properties in assessing family caregiver needs during the cancer journey and its psychometric properties ...

    Authors: Winson Fu Zun Yang, Jianlin Liu, Yiong Huak Chan, Konstadina Griva, Sangita Kuparasundram and Rathi Mahendran

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:84

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  7. Evidence-based interventions are needed to reduce depression among adolescents in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). One approach could be cultural adaptation of psychological therapies developed in hig...

    Authors: Kelly Rose-Clarke, Indira Pradhan, Pragya Shrestha, Prakash B.K., Jananee Magar, Nagendra P. Luitel, Delan Devakumar, Alexandra Klein Rafaeli, Kathleen Clougherty, Brandon A. Kohrt, Mark J. D. Jordans and Helen Verdeli

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:83

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  8. The capacity to evaluate beauty plays a crucial role in social behaviour and social relationships. It is known that some characteristics of beauty are important social cues that can induce stereotypes or promo...

    Authors: Monica Mazza, Maria Chiara Pino, Roberto Vagnetti, Sara Peretti, Marco Valenti, Antonella Marchetti and Cinzia Di Dio

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:74

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  9. Internet addiction is one of the fast-growing addictive behaviors and is a significant public health problem affecting a large number of people worldwide. Excessive use of the internet among university student...

    Authors: Innocent B. Mboya, Beatrice John Leyaro, Alberto Kongo, Charles Mkombe, Eliah Kyando and Johnston George

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:73

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  10. The physical and psychological health impacts on victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake (GEJE) have lasted for a long time. Some cross-sectional studies have reported a relationship between social networks...

    Authors: Yumi Sugawara, Yasutake Tomata, Takuya Sekiguchi, Yutaka Yabe, Yoshihiro Hagiwara and Ichiro Tsuji

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:69

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  11. In Lebanon, it is already established that mental disorders are prevalent among the population. Lebanese people are active users of social media platforms. To date, no study has previously explored the relatio...

    Authors: Lara Youssef, Rabih Hallit, Nelly Kheir, Sahar Obeid and Souheil Hallit

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:56

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychology 2020 8:72

  12. Scandalous incidents occurring in prominent organisations in the world have brought to limelight the role of leaders in shaping the ethical climate of their organisations. As a result, several studies across d...

    Authors: Ibeawuchi K. Enwereuzor, Ike E. Onyishi, Florence Chiji Albi-Oparaocha and Kenneth Amaeshi

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:52

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  13. Functional communication is vital in many areas of daily life, and modifying dysfunctional communication has been emphasized in various social areas, including family and school. The present preliminary study ...

    Authors: Junhyung Kim, Young Hoon Jung, Yu-Bin Shin, Min-Kyeong Kim, Hyojung Eom, Eunjoo Kim, Joohan Kim and Jae-Jin Kim

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:50

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  14. Medical students experience depression and anxiety at a higher rate than the general population or students from other specialties. While there is a growing literature on the high prevalence of depression and ...

    Authors: Ruyue Shao, Ping He, Bin Ling, Li Tan, Lu Xu, Yanhua Hou, Liangsheng Kong and Yongqiang Yang

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:38

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  15. As yet, little is known about the effects of mental health stigma on sustainable employment. This is surprising, as mental health stigma is common, and because people with severe and common mental disorders ar...

    Authors: Evelien P. M. Brouwers

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:36

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  16. Swipe-Based Dating Applications (SBDAs) function similarly to other social media and online dating platforms but have the unique feature of “swiping” the screen to either like or dislike another user’s profile...

    Authors: Nicol Holtzhausen, Keersten Fitzgerald, Ishaan Thakur, Jack Ashley, Margaret Rolfe and Sabrina Winona Pit

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:22

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  17. The literature on loss and traumatic grief after disasters provides findings on the impact of losing a partner, child or close friend on partners, parents and friends. However, little attention has been given ...

    Authors: C. Joris Yzermans, Christos Baliatsas, Peter G. Van der Velden and Michel L. A. Dückers

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:16

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  18. Our study examined the use of decision-making styles, as identified by Scott and Bruce (1995) (i.e. differentiating between a rational, intuitive, dependent, avoidant and spontaneous decision-making style), wi...

    Authors: Linda N. Douma, Ellen Uiters and Danielle R. M. Timmermans

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:11

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  19. Cognitively straining conditions such as disruptions, interruptions, and information overload are related to impaired task performance and diminished well-being at work. It is therefore essential that we reduc...

    Authors: Virpi Kalakoski, Sanna Selinheimo, Teppo Valtonen, Jarno Turunen, Sari Käpykangas, Hilkka Ylisassi, Pauliina Toivio, Heli Järnefelt, Heli Hannonen and Teemu Paajanen

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:1

    Content type: Study protocol

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  20. Balancing Everyday Life (BEL) is a new activity-based lifestyle intervention for mental health service users. An earlier study found BEL to be effective in increasing occupational engagement, occupational bala...

    Authors: Jenny Hultqvist, Kristine Lund, Elisabeth Argentzell and Mona Eklund

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:83

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  21. Disasters are becoming more prevalent across the world and people are frequently exposed to them as part of their occupational groups. It is important for organisations to understand how best to support employ...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:78

    Content type: Research article

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  22. Recent Life Changes Questionnaire (RLCQ) developed by Richard Rahe has enabled quantification of stress by analyzing life events. The overall aim of the study was to create a reliable version of the Rahe’s RLC...

    Authors: Azmina Artani, Ayeesha K. Kamal, Syed Iqbal Azam, Moiz Artani, Shireen Shehzad Bhamani, Mehreen Saif, Fariha Afzal Khan and Nazir Alam

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:66

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  23. Globally, the phenomenon of reality shock is a major contributor to the attrition of healthcare professionals. Reality shock negatively impacts on initial workplace transition, productivity, and ultimately, em...

    Authors: Tawanda Gilbert Alfred Chipere and Pauline Busisiwe Nkosi

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:40

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  24. Significant gaps exist in education for prospective and new parents, especially for some of the most vulnerable families. Prospective parents would like more information during pregnancy to prepare them for pa...

    Authors: Touran Shafiei, Helen L. McLachlan, Jan M. Nicholson, Sarah Hay, Michelle Newton, Heather Grimes, Fiona McLardie-Hore and Della A. Forster

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:39

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  25. Physicians and nurses have substantial problems with wellbeing and burnout. We examined the reliability and construct validity of a wellbeing inventory (WBI) administered to some physicians and nurses working ...

    Authors: C. Michael Dunham, Amanda L. Burger, Barbara M. Hileman and Elisha A. Chance

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:36

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  26. While extensive research has highlighted the positive mental health outcomes associated with mindfulness, little work has examined how mindfulness may protect the mental health of first responders exposed to t...

    Authors: Isabelle Counson, Dominic Hosemans, Tara J. Lal, Brendan Mott, Samuel B. Harvey and Sadhbh Joyce

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:34

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  27. While mental health challenges in the classroom have increased over the past several years, existing research suggests that many educators feel unprepared to broach the topics of mental health and mental illne...

    Authors: Brooke Linden and Heather Stuart

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:32

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  28. Implicit biases are present in the general population and among professionals in various domains, where they can lead to discrimination. Many interventions are used to reduce implicit bias. However, uncertaint...

    Authors: Chloë FitzGerald, Angela Martin, Delphine Berner and Samia Hurst

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:29

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  29. Social networks have had a major influence on students’ performance in recent years. These networks create many opportunities and threats for students in various fields. Addiction to social networking and its ...

    Authors: Seyyed Mohsen Azizi, Ali Soroush and Alireza Khatony

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:28

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  30. Preliminary evidence suggests that impairment of social performance in socially anxious individuals may be specific to selective aspects of performance and be more pronounced in females. This evidence is based...

    Authors: Trevor Thompson, Nejra Van Zalk, Christopher Marshall, Melanie Sargeant and Brendon Stubbs

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:24

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  31. Mental disorders (MD), such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive impairment, are highly prevalent in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). Current guidelines on cardiovascular diseases recommend screeni...

    Authors: Samia Peltzer, Hendrik Müller, Ursula Köstler, Katja Blaschke, Frank Schulz-Nieswandt, Frank Jessen and Christian Albus

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:21

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  32. The mental well-being of adolescents is a crucial issue affecting lives of both adults and young people. Bullying and mental health problems are important factors that can have a negative impact on the mental ...

    Authors: Hoang Thuy Linh Nguyen, Keiko Nakamura, Kaoruko Seino and Saber Al-Sobaihi

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:16

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  33. While it is commonly understood that a cancer diagnosis evokes feelings of fear, the effect of labeling a child’s illness as “cancer” remains unstudied. We hypothesized that lower health utility scores would b...

    Authors: Brenna M. McElderry, Emily L. Mueller, Abigail Garcia, Aaron E. Carroll and William E. Bennett Jr

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:8

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  34. Engagement in productive activities is an important determinant of mental health and quality of life (QoL). Persons with physical disabilities are often confronted with constraints to engage in productive acti...

    Authors: Christine Fekete, Johannes Siegrist, Marcel W. M. Post and Martin W. G. Brinkhof

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2019 7:1

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  35. With ever increasing educational expectations and demands, burnout has emerged as a major problem negatively affecting the wellbeing of different student populations. Even though the validity of the Maslach Bu...

    Authors: Nuwan Darshana Wickramasinghe, Devani Sakunthala Dissanayake and Gihan Sajiwa Abeywardena

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:52

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  36. Worldwide, sickle cell disease is recognized as one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality. Caregivers and patients with such chronic illnesses experience economic, physical, social and psychological d...

    Authors: Connie Olwit, Maureen Mugaba, Charles Peter Osingada and Rose Chalo Nabirye

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:50

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  37. Lack of formal education is an important social determinant of health inequality and represents a public health problem. School dropout is particularly common in vocational education; however few prevention pr...

    Authors: Susan Andersen, Morten Hulvej Rod, Teresa Holmberg, Liselotte Ingholt, Annette Kjær Ersbøll and Janne Schurmann Tolstrup

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:45

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  38. Due to an increase in migration and globalization, cross-cultural encounters in health care are also becoming more frequent. As psychotherapy is grounded in a cultural context and must be congruent with the pa...

    Authors: Judith Reichardt, Amrollah Ebrahimi, Hamid Nasiri Dehsorkhi, Ricarda Mewes, Cornelia Weise, Hamid Afshar, Peyman Adibi, Said Moshref Dehkordy, Gholamreza Yeganeh, Hanna Reich and Winfried Rief

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:33

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  39. Wellbeing and resilience are essential in preventing and reducing the severity of mental health problems. Equipping children with coping skills and protective behavior can help them react positively to change ...

    Authors: Amanda Fenwick-Smith, Emma E. Dahlberg and Sandra C. Thompson

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2018 6:30

    Content type: Research article

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