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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. The study explored the role of emotional intelligence (EI) on employees’ perceived wellbeing and empowerment, as well as their performance, by measuring their quality of care.

    Authors: Leila Karimi, Sandra G. Leggat, Timothy Bartram, Leila Afshari, Sarah Sarkeshik and Tengiz Verulava

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:93

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  2. The development of cultural competence is central to the therapeutic alliance with clients from diverse backgrounds. Given that the majority of Australia’s population growth is due to migration, mental health ...

    Authors: Tinashe Dune, Peter Caputi, Beverly M. Walker, Katarzyna Olcon, Catherine MacPhail, Rubab Firdaus and Jack Thepsourinthone

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:85

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  3. Despite peer involvement having a positive impact on help-seeking behavior, there is a lack of a scale quantifying the possibility of an individual intervening upon noticing peers who show signs of depression....

    Authors: Wei Jie Ong, Jue Hua Lau, Edimansyah Abdin, Shazana Shahwan, Janrius Chong Min Goh, Gregory Tee Hng Tan, Ellaisha Samari, Kian Woon Kwok, Mythily Subramaniam and Siow Ann Chong

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:67

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  4. Mental ill-health can impact an individual’s capacity to interact with others, make decisions, and cope with social challenges. This is of particular importance for many Culturally and linguistically diverse (...

    Authors: Stephane Shepherd, Cieran Harries, Benjamin Spivak, Anne-Sophie Pichler and Rosemary Purcell

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:63

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  5. The aim of this study was to illuminate participants’ experiences with transfer in (1) Illness Management and Recovery (IMR); and (2) two programs based on peer support: Turning Points, and Learn to Tackle Anx...

    Authors: Siv Therese Bogevik Bjørkedal, Lene Falgaard Eplov and Tom Møller

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:62

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  6. Happiness has multiple levels and determinants in different communities, cultures, and social groups. The current study aimed to investigate happiness and its main determinants in slums in south central Iran.

    Authors: Maryam Kazemi, Behnam Honarvar, S. Taghi Heydari, Hassan Joulaei, Mohammad Reza Rahmanian Haghighi and Kamran Bagheri Lankarani

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:58

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  7. Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a chronic, multi-symptomatic disorder affecting an estimated 25–32% of the returning military veterans of the 1990–1991 Persian Gulf War. GWI presents with a wide range of symptoms in...

    Authors: Mary Jeffrey, Fanny Collado, Jeffrey Kibler, Christian DeLucia, Steven Messer, Nancy Klimas and Travis J. A. Craddock

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:57

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  8. Poor mental health status and associated risk factors of public health workers have been overlooked during the COVID-19 pandemic. This study used the effort–reward imbalance model to investigate the associatio...

    Authors: Jing Zhang, Yijing Wang, Jingdong Xu, Hua You, Yan Li, Yuan Liang, Shan Li, Lina Ma, Joseph Tak-fai Lau, Yuantao Hao, Shilin Chen, Jing Zeng, Jinghua Li and Jing Gu

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:55

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  9. Motivational Interviewing (MI) has a robust evidence base in facilitating behavior change for several health conditions. MI focuses on the individual and assumes patient autonomy. Cross-cultural adaptation can...

    Authors: Pragya Rimal, Sonu Khadka, Bhawana Bogati, Jamuna Chaudhury, Laxmi Kumari Rawat, Kumari Chhaya Bhat, Pramita Manandhar, David Citrin, Duncan Maru, Maria L. Ekstrand, Sikhar Bahadur Swar, Anu Aryal, Brandon Kohrt, Srijana Shrestha and Bibhav Acharya

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:52

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  10. Coping strategies play a key role in modulating the physical and psychological burden on caregivers of stroke patients. The present study aimed to determine the relationship between the severity of burden of c...

    Authors: Azar Kazemi, Jalil Azimian, Maryam Mafi, Kelly-Ann Allen and Seyedeh Ameneh Motalebi

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:51

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  11. Disability is a vital public health issue for health care programs. Affluent countries usually prioritize disability-related research, while often it remains neglected in resource-poor countries like Nepal. Th...

    Authors: Ajay Risal, Dipak Kunwar, Eliza Karki, Shambhu Prasad Adhikari, Inosha Bimali, Barsha Shrestha, Subekshya Khadka and Are Holen

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:45

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  12. US Latinos report high levels of emotional distress. Having positive familial and friend social support buffers emotional distress among US Latinos, but thus far no research has been done on social support and...

    Authors: Shir Lerman Ginzburg, Stephenie C. Lemon, Eric Romo and Milagros Rosal

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:40

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  13. Maths anxiety is defined as a feeling of tension and apprehension that interferes with maths performance ability, the manipulation of numbers and the solving of mathematical problems in a wide variety of ordin...

    Authors: Eihab Khasawneh, Cameron Gosling and Brett Williams

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:37

    Content type: Review

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  14. Medical students have a worse perception of Quality of Life (QoL) and a high prevalence of psychosocial suffering when compared to the general population. The objective of this study was to investigate associa...

    Authors: Alice de Queiroz Constantino Miguel, Patricia Tempski, Renata Kobayasi, Fernanda B. Mayer and Milton A. Martins

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:36

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  15. Childbirth is one of the invaluable human experiences and is associated with parental happiness. However, when a child is born with congenital heart disease, it creates emotional and mental distress. As a resu...

    Authors: Nahid Dehghan Nayeri, Zahra Roddehghan, Farzad Mahmoodi and Parvin Mahmoodi

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:33

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  16. People with an intellectual disability experience higher rates of mental health problems, but experience significant barriers to receiving professional help. Increasing the knowledge and skills of those who su...

    Authors: Kathy S. Bond, Fairlie A. Cottrill, Louise Kelly, Joan Broughan, Kimberley Davies, Anna M. Ross and Claire M. Kelly

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:28

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  17. This study aimed to culturally translate the Attribution Questionnaire (AQ) to the Swedish language and examine the reliability and validity of the new Swedish version to measure stigma towards disability pens...

    Authors: Ashley McAllister, Bo Burström and Patrick Corrigan

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:27

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  18. Relationship between emotional intelligence and emotional variables such as stress, depression, anxiety and mental health has been well documented in child and adult samples. New insights into the association ...

    Authors: Sahar Obeid, Chadia Haddad, Kassandra Fares, Diana Malaeb, Hala Sacre, Marwan Akel, Pascale Salameh and Souheil Hallit

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:18

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  19. The aim of this study is to validate the Arabic version of the Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Frustration Scale (BPNSFS), and to investigate the extent of its invariance across five Arab countries a...

    Authors: Kashef N. Zayed, Ehab N. Omara, Nasser Y. al-Rawahi, Ali K. al-Shamli, Asma A. al-Atiyah, Ahmad A. al-Haramleh, Mahmoud S. Azab, Ghada M. al-Khasawneh and Mohammed A. Hassan

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:15

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Psychology 2021 9:76

  20. People with HIV have always faced stigma and discrimination. Given the numerous papers that have addressed the psychological and social risk factors in spreading HIV, a pressing question is whether individuals...

    Authors: Morteza Mehraeen, Mohammadreza Heydari, Kamran B. Lankarani, Hassan Joulaei and Marjan Faghih

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:13

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  21. Workplace stress carries considerable costs for the employees’ wellbeing and for the organization’s performance. Recent studies demonstrate that perceptions of psychological contract breach are a source of str...

    Authors: Safâa Achnak, Arjen Schippers and Tim Vantilborgh

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2021 9:5

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  22. Rapid increases in the number of COVID-19 cases have led to the closure of academic institutions including elementary and high schools. The absence from the educational environment can affect the students’ emo...

    Authors: Alireza Mirahmadizadeh, Keivan Ranjbar, Reza Shahriarirad, Amirhossein Erfani, Haleh Ghaem, Khoubyar Jafari and Tayebeh Rahimi

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:134

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  23. Research on the relationship between resilience and loneliness is sparse. The construct of resilience has been conceptualized in multiple ways, including the measurement of resilience. The Resilience Scale for...

    Authors: Ida Skytte Jakobsen, Lykke Mie Riis Madsen, Martin Mau, Odin Hjemdal and Oddgeir Friborg

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:131

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  24. Marital separation is associated with mental health problems, but little is known about how this translates into healthcare use. In this study, we examine the relationship between marital separation and primar...

    Authors: Anne Reneflot, Carine Øien-Ødegaard and Lars Johan Hauge

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:124

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  25. Little is known about the impact of sex on lung cancer patients from the psychological, economic and social perspectives. This study was designed to explore the psychosocial and economic impact according to se...

    Authors: N. Nuria Viñolas, Rosario Garcia-Campelo, Margarita Majem, Enric Carcereny, Dolores Isla, José Luis Gonzalez-Larriba, Juan Coves, Javier De-Castro, Manuel Domine, Piar Lianes, Angel Artal, Jordi Remon, Enriqueta Felip and Pilar Garrido

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:123

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  26. Adolescents who have displayed harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) are often described as a heterogeneous population, but different offender-, offense-, or victim-based typologies have been proposed. Two common typ...

    Authors: Monica Jensen, Sanne C. Smid and Tormod Bøe

    Citation: BMC Psychology 2020 8:121

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  27. 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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  28. 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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  29. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  30. 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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  31. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  32. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  33. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  34. 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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  35. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  36. 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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  37. 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

    Content type: Research article

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

  38. 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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  39. 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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  40. 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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  41. 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

    Content type: Debate

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  42. 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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  43. 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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  44. 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

    Content type: Research article

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  45. 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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