Special Issue "Health Promotion: The Impact of Pyschological Factors on Lifestyle"

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Luis Ángel Saúl
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Facultad de Psicología, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, 28040 Madrid, Spain
Interests: health psychology; acquisition of habits; cognitive conflicts; constructivism; personal meanings; personal construct systems; personal construct psychology; psychotherapy
Prof. Dr. Luis Botella
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Facultat de Psicologia, Ciències de l'Educació i l'Esport (FPCEE) Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull, 08022 Barcelona, Spain
Interests: health psychology; constructivism; personal meanings; personal construct systems; personal construct psychology; psychotherapy; social constructionism; self-narratives

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

According to WHO’s final document on The Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health (WHO, 2004), improvements in lifestyle and the acquisition and maintenance of healthy habits have more significant effects on health than any medical treatment. In addition, this impact on health translates into a socioeconomic effect as well.

The need for health self-care seems more pressing in the context of the current global pandemic, which was caused by SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Various investigations have shown that obesity is one of the factors that increase the risk of death when contracting the disease (Kassir, 2020; Rottoli et al., 2020; Samuels, 2020; Simonnet et al., 2020). Therefore, the acquisition and maintenance of healthy habits is extremely important at any time, but even more so in periods of pandemic threat, since these would allow the body to better cope with infections.

However, the prescription of a change in lifestyle, or the simple desire of a person to acquire healthy habits, is not always enough to achieve that goal. The importance of psychological factors such as motivation or locus of control in this process has been repeatedly demonstrated.

The goal of this Special Issue is to explore the impact of pyschological factors on lifestyle and the incorporation of healthy habits.

Prof. Dr. Luis Ángel Saúl
Prof. Dr. Luis Botella
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • health promotion
  • psychological factors
  • lifestyle
  • healthy habits
  • socioeconomic effect
  • health self-care
  • global pandemic
  • obesity
  • autoimmune system
  • health programs
  • responsible economy
  • applied economics

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How Are the Links between Alcohol Consumption and Breast Cancer Portrayed in Australian Newspapers?: A Paired Thematic and Framing Media Analysis
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(14), 7657; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18147657 - 19 Jul 2021
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A dose-dependent relationship between alcohol consumption and increased breast cancer risk is well established, even at low levels of consumption. Australian women in midlife (45–64 years) are at highest lifetime risk for developing breast cancer but demonstrate low awareness of this link. We [...] Read more.
A dose-dependent relationship between alcohol consumption and increased breast cancer risk is well established, even at low levels of consumption. Australian women in midlife (45–64 years) are at highest lifetime risk for developing breast cancer but demonstrate low awareness of this link. We explore women’s exposure to messages about alcohol and breast cancer in Australian print media in the period 2002–2018. Methods: Paired thematic and framing analyses were undertaken of Australian print media from three time-defined subsamples: 2002–2004, 2009–2011, and 2016–2018. Results: Five key themes arose from the thematic framing analysis: Ascribing Blame, Individual Responsibility, Cultural Entrenchment, False Equilibrium, and Recognition of Population Impact. The framing analysis showed that the alcohol–breast cancer link was predominantly framed as a behavioural concern, neglecting medical and societal frames. Discussion: We explore the representations of the alcohol and breast cancer risk relationship. We found their portrayal to be conflicting and unbalanced at times and tended to emphasise individual choice and responsibility in modifying health behaviours. We argue that key stakeholders including government, public health, and media should accept shared responsibility for increasing awareness of the alcohol–breast cancer link and invite media advocates to assist with brokering correct public health information. Full article
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Structural Equation Model of Elementary School Students’ Quality of Life Related to Smart Devices Usage Based on PRECEDE Model
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(8), 4301; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18084301 - 18 Apr 2021
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Korean elementary school students have the lowest life satisfaction levels among OECD countries. The use of smart devices has led to smartphone addiction, which seriously affects their quality of life. This study aims to establish and test variables that affect the quality of [...] Read more.
Korean elementary school students have the lowest life satisfaction levels among OECD countries. The use of smart devices has led to smartphone addiction, which seriously affects their quality of life. This study aims to establish and test variables that affect the quality of life (QOL) of elementary school students based on the Predisposing, Reinforcing and Enabling Constructs in Educational Diagnosis and Evaluation (PRECEDE) model, using smart device-related parental intervention, self-efficacy, social support, health promotion behaviors, family environment, smart device addiction, and QOL as measurement variables. Three elementary schools in the Republic of Korea completed self-report questionnaires. Descriptive statistical analysis and hypothetical model fit and test were used for data analysis. The model was found to be valid. Smart device addiction directly affected QOL. In contrast, health promotion behaviors, self-efficacy, social support, and smart device parental intervention indirectly affected QOL. Health-promoting behaviors also directly affected smart device addiction, self-efficacy, and family environment had a direct effect on health-promoting behavior. Therefore, to improve the QOL of elementary school students, the government should focus on developing programs that can help them actively perform health promotion activities and improve self-efficacy, social support, and parental intervention for smart devices that indirectly affect them. Full article
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