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International Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Shannon Stark Taylor, Eugene Z Oddone, Cynthia J Coffman, Amy S Jeffreys, Hayden B Bosworth, Kelli D Allen
PURPOSE: Although non-pharmacological interventions have been shown to improve physical functioning in individuals with osteoarthritis (OA), the mechanisms by which this occurs are often unclear. This study assessed whether changes in arthritis self-efficacy, perceived pain control, and pain catastrophizing mediated changes in physical functioning following an osteoarthritis intervention involving weight management, physical activity, and cognitive-behavioral pain management. METHOD: Three hundred Veteran patients of 30 primary care providers with knee and/or hip OA were cluster randomized to an OA intervention group or usual care...
February 16, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Teresa García-Muñoz, Shoshana Neuman, Tzahi Neuman
PURPOSE: This study investigated the relationship between the individual's self-assessed health status (SAHS) and health-risk factors (smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity), in 16 European countries. The associations were studied for the individual and for the country measures-and in particular, for the unexplored aspect of interaction between individual and country levels of the three risk factors. METHOD: Data for 47,114 adults, who participated in the Survey of Health Aging and Retirement Europe (SHARE), were analyzed using Multilevel Regression Analysis...
February 5, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Alicja Juskiene, Aurelija Podlipskyte, Adomas Bunevicius, Giedrius Varoneckas
PURPOSE: The study aimed to examine the association between type D personality trait and sleep quality in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients with and without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and to explore the mediating effects of anxiety and depression symptoms. METHOD: A cross-sectional study was performed in 879 CAD patients attending cardiac rehabilitation program (mean age 57.8 years; SD = 9.0; 75% men). Participants underwent full-night polysomnography and were classified in OSA (n = 349) and no OSA (n = 530) groups...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Li-Ching Yu, I-Mei Lin, Sheng-Yu Fan, Chin-Lung Chien, Tsung-Hsien Lin
PURPOSE: Heart rate variability biofeedback (HRV-BF) is an effective psychophysiological intervention, with short-term effects of increased autonomic nervous system homeostasis, strengthened baroreflex sensitivity, and decreased hostility in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). The study examined the 1-year HRV-BF effect on cardiovascular prognosis of these patients. METHODS: Of 222 patients with CAD referred by cardiologists, 210 were screened and randomly assigned to the HRV-BF and control groups...
January 2, 2018: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Kerstin Konietzny, Omar Chehadi, Irmgard Streitlein-Böhme, Herbert Rusche, Roland Willburger, Monika Ilona Hasenbring
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December 26, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Jenna R Cummings, Ashley E Mason, Eli Puterman, A Janet Tomiyama
PURPOSE: Comfort eating is a prevalent behavior. Prior research shows that comfort eating is associated with reduced stress responses and increased metabolic risk across adolescence, young adulthood, and middle adulthood. The purpose of the current research was to test if comfort eating prospectively predicted all-cause mortality in older adulthood. METHOD: The US Health and Retirement Study is an ongoing, nationally representative, longitudinal study of older adults...
December 14, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
William Tsai, Qian Lu
PURPOSE: The present study examined perceived social support as a mediator of the longitudinal link between ambivalence over emotional expression (AEE) and quality of life among a sample of Chinese breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Ninety-six Chinese breast cancer survivors recruited from Southern California completed four surveys in total: (1) a baseline survey (T1), 1-month follow-up (T2), 3-month follow-up (T3), and 6-month follow-up (T4). Participants filled out a paper-pen questionnaire containing the Ambivalence over Emotional Expression Questionnaire (AEQ), the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G), and the Medical Outcomes Study Social Support Scale (MOS-SSS)...
December 13, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Jeremia M Hoffmann, Susan Hellwig, Vincent M Brandenburg, Heike Spaderna
PURPOSE: Fear of physical activity (FoPA) has been suggested as a psychological barrier to exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation and everyday physical activity (PA) in patients with heart failure (HF). We evaluated the recently developed Fear of Activity in Situations-Heart Failure (FActS-HF) questionnaire that assesses affective/cognitive fear reactions to situations of varying PA intensities. METHODS: The FActS-HF was given to 132 ambulatory patients with stable HF (67 ± 12 years, 80% men)...
December 11, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Lydia Poole, Marta Jackowska
PURPOSE: The reasons for the comorbidity between depressed mood and poor sleep are not well understood. METHOD: Participants were 5172 adults aged 50 years and older from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. Sleep was measured via self-report and depressive symptoms using the Centre for Epidemiological Studies Depression scale. RESULTS: Greater depressive symptoms and sleep complaints were associated with female sex, non-cohabitation, relative poverty, smoking, infrequent physical activity, infrequent alcohol consumption, higher body mass index (BMI), diagnosis of hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes/high blood glucose, pulmonary disease, arthritis, and higher levels of fibrinogen and C-reactive protein (all p < 0...
December 4, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
John C Moring, Alan L Peterson, Kathryn E Kanzler
PURPOSE: Acoustic trauma is more prevalent in military settings, especially among individuals with combat-related military occupational specialties. Gunfire, improvised explosive devices, and mortar explosions are a few examples that may cause hearing degradation and tinnitus. It is possible that the same events that are associated with auditory problems can cause traumatic brain injury (TBI) and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). METHOD: This paper reviews the distinct and overlapping symptoms of tinnitus, TBI, and PTSD, and how these disorders interact to synergistically promote negative outcomes...
November 28, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Hyeju Ha, Donghee Jeong, Bong-Jin Hahm, Eun-Jung Shim
PURPOSE: University students are vulnerable to fatigue. If not adequately dealt with, fatigue might develop into various health problems and negatively affect quality of life (QOL). The present study examined psychometric properties of the Korean version of the Chalder Fatigue Scale (K-CFQ) in university students. METHOD: Data were obtained from two samples of undergraduate students in Korea. The first dataset (N = 557) was collected in a cross-sectional survey in 2015 and the second dataset (N = 338) from a longitudinal survey with three time points over a semester period in 2016...
November 27, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Alexandra Linnemann, Mario Wenzel, Jennifer Grammes, Thomas Kubiak, Urs M Nater
PURPOSE: Despite increasing evidence suggesting that music listening in daily life has stress-reducing effects, studies mostly rely on subjective, retrospective data on music listening. Thus, the temporal dynamics underlying the stress-reducing effect of music listening remain unclear. Therefore, we aimed to examine the temporal dynamics of the associations between stress and music listening by assessing subjective and objective data on music in daily life. DESIGN: An exploratory Ambulatory Assessment study examining a total of 60 participants (37 women), aged 18 to 34 years (M = 22...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Kumi Hirokawa, Yasuhito Fujii, Toshiyo Taniguchi, Jiro Takaki, Akizumi Tsutsumi
PURPOSE: This study aimed to investigate the association between serum levels of cortisol and dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-s) and sickness absence over 2 years in Japanese male workers. METHOD: A baseline survey including questions about health behavior, along with blood sampling for cortisol and DHEA-s, was conducted in 2009. In total, 429 men (mean ± SD age, 52.9 ± 8.6 years) from whom blood samples were collected at baseline were followed until December 31, 2011...
November 21, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Yael Benyamini, Irina Todorova
PURPOSE: The special issue on Women's Reproductive Health in Cultural Context covers multiple dimensions of women's reproductive health and how it might be shaped by cultural meanings, social and gender inequities, and power differentials, employing a variety of methodological approaches. On the one hand, it aims to bring to the forefront the conversation about how women's health is uniquely experienced and constructed in local settings, and on the other hand, it aims to draw broader conclusions from a perspective of interconnectedness of women and the shared issues that they face...
November 17, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Efrat Neter, Shira Goren
PURPOSE: Some of the women that go through repeated fertility treatments will not adjust well to the treatments and will experience increased distress. The present study examined how centrality of the fertility problem in the woman's identity and dispositional goal adjustment (disengagement and reengagement) are associated with the woman's psychological adjustment. These issues are examined in a context of a pro-natal society (Israel) where parenthood is a major life goal. METHODS: One hundred ninety-three women in ongoing fertility treatments filled out questionnaires, and follow-up on their psychological well-being was carried out after 3 months (N = 130)...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Grant J McGeechan, Dawn Phillips, Lynn Wilson, Vicki J Whittaker, Gillian O'Neill, Dorothy Newbury-Birch
PURPOSE: This paper outlines a service evaluation of an exercise referral scheme for adults suffering from a variety of physical or mental health conditions or who were deemed are at risk of developing such conditions. The evaluation aimed to assess the impact of the scheme at increasing physical activity and at reducing BMI and waist circumference. METHOD: This was a retrospective evaluation looking at levels of physical activity and changes to anthropometric measures over a period of 6 months...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Carol Wang, Celia C Y Wong, Qian Lu
PURPOSE: Ambivalence over emotional expression (AEE) is defined as the desire to express emotion but failing to do so. Recent studies have revealed that AEE is associated with more pain. Pain is common among cancer survivors. This cross-sectional study investigated the association between AEE and pain, its underlying mechanism, and cultural relevance among cancer survivors. METHODS: Ninety-six Chinese American breast cancer survivors completed a questionnaire package assessing AEE and pain...
November 13, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Malvern Chiweshe, Catriona Macleod
PURPOSE: Health service providers play a crucial role in providing post abortion care in countries where abortion legislation is restrictive and abortion is stigmatised. Research in countries where these factors apply has shown that health service providers can be barriers to women accessing post abortion services. Much of this research draws from attitude theory. In this paper, we utilise positioning theory to show how the ways in which Zimbabwean health service providers' position women and themselves are rooted in cultural and social power relations...
November 10, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Magnús Ólason, Rúnar H Andrason, Inga H Jónsdóttir, Hlín Kristbergsdóttir, Mark P Jensen
PURPOSE: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is known to be effective for treating depression and anxiety in patients with chronic pain, but there is limited research studying the long-term benefits of CBT in this population. The present study evaluated the effects of CBT provided in the context of an interdisciplinary pain management program with a 3-year follow-up. METHODS: One hundred fifteen patients with chronic musculoskeletal pain participated in an interdisciplinary pain management program...
November 1, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
Martin Wagner, Götz Gelbrich, Julia Kircher, Kornelia Kotseva, David Wood, Caroline Morbach, Rainer Leyh, Georg Ertl, Wolfgang Karmann, Stefan Störk, Peter U Heuschmann
PURPOSE: Evidence is limited on implementation of secondary prevention guidelines for coronary heart disease (CHD) in clinical practice and variations between younger and elder patients. We investigated the control of cardiovascular risk factors in German patients with CHD enrolled in the European-wide EUROASPIRE IV survey, stratified by younger (18-69 years) and older (70-79 years) age groups. METHOD: Eligible subjects were identified via the hospitals' patient information system and invited to attend a study visit 6 months to 3 years after hospitalization for CHD (myocardial infarction, ischemia, angioplasty/stent, coronary bypass grafting)...
October 30, 2017: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine
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