Special Issue "Feature Papers in Women 2021"

A special issue of Women (ISSN 2673-4184).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Mary V. Seeman
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Guest Editor
Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Interests: schizophrenia; women's mental health; antipsychotic medication
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Special Issue Information

As the Editor-in-Chief of Women, I am delighted to present this Special Issue of “Feature Papers in Women” in the newly launched Women journal. Women is a new, international, open access, and peer-reviewed journal. The publication focuses on the physical, mental, and emotional health of women.

This Special Issue of Women will comprise a collection of high-quality papers published free of charge in open access form by Editorial Board Members and authors personally invited by the Editorial Office and the Editor-in-Chief. Both original research articles and comprehensive review papers are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Mary V. Seeman
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Women is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Health behaviours
  • Health determinants
  • Health service and health policy research
  • Mental health
  • Physical health
  • Public health and epidemiology

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Perception of and Motivation for Physical Activity among Women with a History of Gestational Diabetes
Women 2021, 1(2), 109-119; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/women1020010 - 02 Jun 2021
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(1) Background: Women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2DM). This risk can be reduced with lifestyle interventions, including physical activity. However, studies have shown that many women with prior GDM are [...] Read more.
(1) Background: Women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) have a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes (T2DM). This risk can be reduced with lifestyle interventions, including physical activity. However, studies have shown that many women with prior GDM are not physically active. The aim of this study was to investigate the motivation for physical activity among women with prior GDM. (2) Methods: A qualitative study was carried out based on a phenomenological approach using semi-structured individual interviews with nine Danish women between 29 and 36 years of age with a minimum of one earlier GDM-affected pregnancy. (3) Results: Five themes were identified; perception of physical activity, risk perception, emotional distress, competing priorities and social support. The perception of physical activity varied among the women. The GDM diagnosis or the awareness of elevated risk for T2DM did not seem to be a decisive factor for the women’s motivation to be active. Competing priorities, including being in control of everyday life choices and support from social relations, were found to be important motivational factors. (4) Conclusion: Future interventions for women with prior GDM to increase motivation for physical activity should be compatible with and take into account the women’s perceptions, earlier lived experiences, possible competing priorities and support systems. Full article
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Planned Papers

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Title: Influence of the age of menarche and the menstrual cycle lenght in patients with a first-episode psychosis on symptoms, cognition, social cognition and metacognition

Author: Susana Ochoa

Abstract: A protection effect traditionally has been attributed to oestrogens in psychotic disorders. The aim of this study is to investigate menarche age and menstrual cycle lenght and the years of difference between the onset of psychotic symptoms and menarche to verify if differences on symptoms, cognition, social cognition, and metacognition exist. Working with a sample compounded of 42 women with first episode psychosis, oestrogen’s levels have been inferred using different groups that have been created based on menarche’s age, menstrual cycle length and the years of difference between the onset of psychotic symptoms and menarche. All patients were assessed with a battery of questionnaires using BDI, PSYRATS, PANSS, STROOP, TAVEC, WSCT, IPSAQ and BCIS questionnaires. Results related to menstrual cycle lenght has shown a relation with memory, specially with semantic strategies (p=,046) , and in serial strategies with short term (p=,005) and also in long term (p=,031). It has also shown a relation with perseverations errors (p=,035) and self certainty (p=,049). When analysing differences in years of difference between age of menarche and the onset of psychotic symptoms results indicated higher scores in women with a greater difference between both events in memory: short term (p=, 050), long term (p=,024), intrusions (p=,013) and recognition (p=, 043) and non-perseverative errors (p=,024). Only personalized bias (p=,030) has been found significant in relation to menarche age. The results found seem to indicate an existing protective factor related to higher oestrogens concentrations, specifically on the memory domain. Much more investigation on the field is necessary before we establish its effects and results can be optimally applied to treatment.

Keywords: psychosis; schizophrenia; first psychotic episode; menarche; menstrual cycle
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