Special Issue "Psychological (Self-)Regulation and Healthy Behavior Promotion"

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paula Magalhães
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Guest Editor
School of Psychology, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: self-regulation; narrative-based programs; motivational-related variables; healthy eating promotion; eHealth; online-based interventions; gamification strategies; healthy diet procrastination; exercise procrastination; sleep procrastination
Dr. Cátia Silva
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Guest Editor
School of Psychology, University of Minho, 4710-057 Braga, Portugal
Interests: childhood obesity; obesity prevention; health-promoting behaviors; self-regulation; eHealth; eating behaviors; online-based interventions; behavioral change; narrative-based programs; motivational-related variables

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

For the first time in history, it is anticipated that life expectancy with quality will decrease within the coming generations. Despite the scientific and technological advances for curing and eradicating life-threatening diseases, other diseases are emerging at a fast pace. Unhealthy behaviors, such as poor diet quality, inadequate physical activity or smoking, are among many that increase the risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. The challenge with some of these health conditions is that the solution to mitigate them may not rely on the medical side of the chain, but on the individual via modifiable factors and behavioral changes. Healthy behavior promotion, therefore, is key to address one of the biggest challenges of the century: guarantee that the lives of individuals are lived to their full potential. Health behavior promotion by instigating individuals’ self-regulation and agency is a promising avenue for future intervention. Although individuals may be influenced and regulated by external factors and agents, exclusively relying on external regulation does not allow the individual to develop adaptive competences and skills, such as choosing a healthy snack or quitting smoking. Thus, evidence is needed on innovative and ingenious ways to promote health behaviors through psychological (self-)regulation.

This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) focuses on the psychological aspects of (self-)regulation for health behaviors and on how these can be promoted. New research papers, reviews, and case reports are welcome to this issue. Papers dealing with new approaches to promote health behaviors, including other manuscript types (e.g., methodological papers, position papers, brief reports, and commentaries), are also welcome. We will accept manuscripts from different disciplines, such as psychology, public health, and nutrition.

Dr. Paula Magalhães
Dr. Cátia Silva
Guest Editors

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  • psychological (self-)regulation
  • healthy behavior promotion
  • healthy eating promotion
  • physical activity promotion
  • mental health
  • self-regulation
  • health behavior

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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