Special Issue "Challenges in Physical Activity Domain and Psychological Health"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Damián Iglesias Gallego
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Dr. Jerónimo González-Bernal
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Department of Health Sciences, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain
Interests: ederly; strokes; physical exercise; neurology; frailty
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Dr. Benito León del Barco
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Department of Psychology, Teacher Training College, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
Interests: psychological development; education; physical activity; wellbeing; mental health
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Special Issue Information

According to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that between 10% and 20% of adolescents experience mental health problems that are incorrectly diagnosed or improperly treated (e.g., depression, anxiety). Previous research has highlighted the positive impact physical activity can have on depression, anxiety, and stress; likewise, evidence has shown that a sedentary lifestyle can have negative consequences for personal well-being.

This Special Issue calls for research related to the role that physical activity can play in the prevention and treatment of mental health disorders in general population. We are interested in the very latest studies around this subject, especially about the new Covid-19 scenario. Cross-sectional and experimental research is welcome, as are systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Dr. Benito León del Barco
Dr. Damián Iglesias Gallego
Dr. Jerónimo González-Bernal
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Physical activity
  • Mental disorders
  • Well-being
  • Ill-being
  • Covid-19

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Active Coping and Anxiety Symptoms during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Spanish Adults
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(16), 8240; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18168240 - 04 Aug 2021
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The features of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social operations to contain the spread of the virus might have limited or altered coping, including healthy habits such as exercise, this contributing to a myriad of negative consequences for the mental health of the [...] Read more.
The features of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social operations to contain the spread of the virus might have limited or altered coping, including healthy habits such as exercise, this contributing to a myriad of negative consequences for the mental health of the global population. We explored the contribution of coping and physical activity to the management of anxiety in Spanish adults during an active phase of the epidemic, as well as the relationship between these strategies. A total of 200 young and adult individuals (70% women) voluntarily completed an anxiety inventory, a coping skills self-report and a personal data section including exercise practice. The participants reported in average a mild yet existing level of anxiety symptoms; a third reported noticeable symptoms. At the time of the study, the participants used more adaptive than maladaptive coping styles. Participants’ anxiety was inversely correlated with an active coping style, and positively with an avoidant style; physical activity correlated positively with an active coping style, and regular exercisers used more frequently active coping. Controlling for confounders, active coping, avoidant coping and exercise during the pandemic predicted anxiety symptoms. Other findings indicated that exercise was used as a coping strategy for dealing with emotional distress. Our results highlight the positive impact of functional coping and exercise for the management of negative states such as anxiety during the pandemic, and underline the importance of developing interventions aimed at enhancing coping skills for promoting physical and mental well-being of the population during health and social crises. Full article
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COVID-19 Stress and Mental Health of Students in Locked-Down Colleges
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 771; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18020771 - 18 Jan 2021
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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of students in locked-down colleges remains obscure. This study aimed to explore influencing factors for the psychological impact of COVID-19 on Wuhan college students, post-traumatic stress symptoms in particular, so as to inform [...] Read more.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of students in locked-down colleges remains obscure. This study aimed to explore influencing factors for the psychological impact of COVID-19 on Wuhan college students, post-traumatic stress symptoms in particular, so as to inform evidence-based strategy development to ameliorate such adverse impacts. An online survey was conducted from 26 to 29 April 2020, and 4355 students enrolled in Wuhan universities and colleges participated. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder via the Impact of Event-Scale-Revised was assessed. COVID-19 disproportionately affected older male Master’s and doctoral students living in Wuhan. The overall prevalence of PTSD was 16.3%. The three-level socio-interpersonal model of PTSD was empirically validated, and college students faced individual level risks such as infection with COVID-19, close relationship level risks such as family support (infection suspicion of family members, the loss of loved ones, and the family income decrease) and online course difficulties (little interaction, disturbing learning environment, and difficulty in adaption), and distant level risks such as excessive collection of personal information, estrangement of family relatives, and harassment and insult from strangers. The findings suggest the severity of the psychological impact of COVID-19. Mental health services reducing PTSD should be provided. Students who have lost loved ones and suffered family financial loss should be given particular care. Full article
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