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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.

  1. Content type: Research article

    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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  2. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  3. Content type: Research article

    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    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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  5. Content type: Research article

    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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  6. Content type: Research article

    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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  7. Content type: Research article

    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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  8. Content type: Research article

    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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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    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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  10. Content type: Research article

    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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  11. Content type: Research article

    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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  12. Content type: Original research

    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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  13. Content type: Research article

    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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  14. Content type: Research article

    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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  15. Content type: Research article

    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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  16. Content type: Research article

    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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  17. Content type: Research article

    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

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  18. Content type: Research article

    This study is part of a longitudinal study among children and adolescents with HIV in both urban and rural Uganda: ‘Mental health among HIV infected CHildren and Adolescents in KAmpala and Masaka, Uganda (CHAKA)’...

    Authors: Birthe Loa Knizek, James Mugisha, Joseph Osafo and Eugene Kinyanda

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:30

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  19. Content type: Research article

    Gambling problems appear to be more prevalent in the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population than in the non-Indigenous population. Although gambling harms can be significant, treatment-see...

    Authors: Kathy S Bond, Katrina M. Dart, Anthony F. Jorm, Claire M. Kelly, Betty A. Kitchener and Nicola J. Reavley

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:27

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  20. Content type: Research article

    Reliable cognitive assessment for Indigenous Australians is difficult given that mainstream tests typically rely on Western concepts, content and values. A test’s psychometric properties should therefore be as...

    Authors: Kylie M. Dingwall, Allison O. Gray, Annette R. McCarthy, Jennifer F. Delima and Stephen C. Bowden

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:26

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Muscle dysmorphia (MD) is a relatively young diagnosis referring to the desire for a high degree in lean muscle mass, while simultaneously believing that one is insufficiently muscular, mostly found in men. It...

    Authors: Catharina Schneider, Maria Agthe, Takuya Yanagida, Martin Voracek and Kristina Hennig-Fast

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:19

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  22. Content type: Debate

    Protection Motivation Theory (PMT) was developed by Rogers in 1975, to describe how individuals are motivated to react in a self-protective way towards a perceived health threat. Rogers expected the use of PMT...

    Authors: Rachel Westcott, Kevin Ronan, Hilary Bambrick and Melanie Taylor

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:13

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  23. Content type: Research article

    High numbers of employees are coping with affective disorders. At the same time, ambitiousness, achievement striving and a strong sense of personal control and responsibility are personality characteristics th...

    Authors: Almar A. L. Kok, Inger Plaisier, Johannes H. Smit and Brenda W. J. H. Penninx

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:10

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  24. Content type: Research article

    Studies have linked perceived racism to psychological distress via certain coping strategies in several different racial and ethnic groups, but few of these studies included indigenous populations. Elucidating...

    Authors: Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, Mapuana C.K. Antonio, Claire K. Townsend Ing, Andrea Hermosura, Kimberly E. Hall, Rebecca Knight and Thomas A. Wills

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2017 5:2

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Job crafting, an employee-initiated job design/redesign, has become important for employees’ well-being such as work engagement. This study examined the effectiveness of a newly developed job crafting interven...

    Authors: Asuka Sakuraya, Akihito Shimazu, Kotaro Imamura, Katsuyuki Namba and Norito Kawakami

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:49

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Migration is a major life event, which may also be a risk factor for depression. However, little is known regarding the relationship between these phenomena in low and middle income settings. This study explor...

    Authors: Hannah Maike Albers, Sanjay Kinra, K. V. Radha Krishna, Yoav Ben-Shlomo and Hannah Kuper

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:47

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Mental health problems are common in the workplace, but workers affected by such problems are not always well supported by managers and co-workers. Guidelines exist for the public on how to provide mental heal...

    Authors: Nataly Bovopoulos, Anthony F. Jorm, Kathy S. Bond, Anthony D. LaMontagne, Nicola J. Reavley, Claire M. Kelly, Betty A. Kitchener and Angela Martin

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:41

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  28. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:37

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    The Erratum to this article has been published in BMC Psychology 2017 5:20

  29. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:34

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  30. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:18

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  31. Content type: Research article

    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...

    Authors: David Reby, Florence Levréro, Erik Gustafsson and Nicolas Mathevon

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:19

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  32. Content type: Research article

    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...

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

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:16

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Low income postpartum mothers with little to no social support have increased maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, especially those with limited English proficiency and limited accesses to resources. H...

    Authors: Jean Hannan, Marise Alce and Adrian Astros

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2016 4:7

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  34. Content type: Research article

    People living with HIV who maintain a positive outlook on their future may manage stress better than those who do not, leading to improved coping behaviors and better health outcomes.

    Authors: Carolyn M Audet, Lois J Wagner and Kenneth A Wallston

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:15

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  35. Content type: Research article

    Poor health and health behaviors are associated with divorce. This study investigates the degree to which six health indicators and health behaviors among husbands and wives are prospectively related to divorc...

    Authors: Fartein Ask Torvik, Kristin Gustavson, Espen Røysamb and Kristian Tambs

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:13

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  36. Content type: Research article

    In order to promote physical activity uptake and maintenance in individuals who do not comply with physical activity guidelines, it is important to increase our understanding of physical activity motivation am...

    Authors: Stijn AH Friederichs, Catherine Bolman, Anke Oenema and Lilian Lechner

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2015 3:1

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  37. Content type: Research article

    Parental relationship dissolutions have repeatedly been linked to negative outcomes for children, but predictors of parental dissolutions have been far less studied. Knowledge about parental dissolutions occur...

    Authors: Maren S Helland, Tilmann von Soest, Kristin Gustavson, Espen Røysamb and Kristin S Mathiesen

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2014 2:40

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  38. Content type: Research article

    Psychological distress is frequently used as an indicator of the mental health of a population. Overall, the mean level of distress is higher in women than in men and tends to decrease in both genders during a...

    Authors: Aline Drapeau, Alain Marchand and Charlotte Forest

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2014 2:25

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