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. Research article

    Population levels of wellbeing and the association with social capital

    This research investigates wellbeing at the population level across demographic, social and health indicators and assesses the association between wellbeing and social capital.

    A. W. Taylor, G. Kelly, E. Dal Grande, D. Kelly, T. Marin, N. Hey, K. J. Burke and J. Licinio

    BMC Psychology 2017 5:23

    Published on: 3 July 2017

  2. Research article

    Effects of muscle dysmorphia, social comparisons and body schema priming on desire for social interaction: an experimental approach

    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...

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

    BMC Psychology 2017 5:19

    Published on: 15 June 2017

  3. Research article

    The impact of conscientiousness, mastery, and work circumstances on subsequent absenteeism in employees with and without affective disorders

    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...

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

    BMC Psychology 2017 5:10

    Published on: 29 March 2017

  4. Research article

    The effects of perceived racism on psychological distress mediated by venting and disengagement coping in Native Hawaiians

    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...

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

    BMC Psychology 2017 5:2

    Published on: 12 January 2017

  5. Research article

    Effects of a job crafting intervention program on work engagement among Japanese employees: a pretest-posttest study

    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...

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

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:49

    Published on: 24 October 2016

  6. Research article

    Prevalence and severity of depressive symptoms in relation to rural-to-urban migration in India: a cross-sectional study

    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...

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

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:47

    Published on: 21 September 2016

  7. Research article

    Providing mental health first aid in the workplace: a Delphi consensus study

    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...

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

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:41

    Published on: 2 August 2016

  8. 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

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. Research article

    Psychometric properties of the newly translated creole multidimensional scale of perceived social support (MSPSS) and perceived adequacy of resource scale (PARS) and the relationship between perceived social support and resources in Haitian mothers in the US

    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...

    Jean Hannan, Marise Alce and Adrian Astros

    BMC Psychology 2016 4:7

    Published on: 9 February 2016

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