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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718837/interactivity-and-trust-as-antecedents-of-e-training-use-intention-in-nigeria-a-structural-equation-modelling-approach
#1
A U Alkali, Nur Naha Abu Mansor
BACKGROUND: The last few decades saw an intense development in information technology (IT) and it has affected the ways organisations achieve their goals. Training, in every organisation is an ongoing process that aims to update employees' knowledge and skills towards goals attainment. Through adequate deployment of IT, organisations can effectively meet their training needs. However, for successful IT integration in training, the employees who will use the system should be positively disposed towards it...
July 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718830/exploring-relationships-between-recurrent-binge-eating-and-illicit-substance-use-in-a-non-clinical-sample-of-women-over-two-years
#2
Henry Kewen Lu, Haider Mannan, Phillipa Hay
(1) Background: With the new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), numerous parallels have been drawn between recurrent binge eating (RBE) and substance use disorders, with many authors examining RBE or binge eating disorder (BED) as a "food addiction". The present study aims to clarify the relationship between recurrent binge eating (RBE) and illicit substance use (ISU) through investigating the temporal association between the two problems. (2) Methods: This study was embedded within a larger longitudinal study of non-clinical adult women recruited from Australian tertiary institutions...
July 18, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708107/family-communication-at-the-end-of-life
#3
EDITORIAL
Maureen P Keeley
People often feel awkward and ill at ease when faced with the opportunity for communication at the end of life, thus the overall theme for the articles in this special issue is the creation of more awareness and knowledge regarding the depth, breadth, and importance of current research exploring family communication at the end of life. This introductory essay attempts to accomplish the following: (1) discuss the importance of talk regarding death; (2) highlight the formative role of family interactions on the death and dying process; and (3) outline the articles in this special issue...
July 14, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696389/strategies-to-improve-adherence-to-dietary-weight-loss-interventions-in-research-and-real-world-settings
#4
REVIEW
Alice A Gibson, Amanda Sainsbury
Dietary interventions are the cornerstone of obesity treatment. The optimal dietary approach to weight loss is a hotly debated topic among health professionals and the lay public alike. An emerging body of evidence suggests that a higher level of adherence to a diet, regardless of the type of diet, is an important factor in weight loss success over the short and long term. Key strategies to improve adherence include designing dietary weight loss interventions (such as ketogenic diets) that help to control the increased drive to eat that accompanies weight loss, tailoring dietary interventions to a person's dietary preferences (and nutritional requirements), and promoting self-monitoring of food intake...
July 11, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698488/dementia-at-the-end-of-life-and-family-partners-a-symbolic-interactionist-perspective-on-communication
#5
Christopher Johnson, Jordan Kelch, Roxanna Johnson
People with dementia are not dying; they are experiencing changes in the brain. This paper utilizes a symbolic interaction theoretical perspective to outline communicative alternatives to polypharmacy. There is a growing interest in sociological interventions to untangle the "disordered discourses" associated with dementia. Such practices challenge common stigmas attached to dementia as an "ongoing funeral" or "death certificate." Changing the expectations, attitudes and communication patterns of family care partners can positively impact them and the person living with dementia at the end of life...
July 9, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698483/virtual-reality-as-a-promising-strategy-in-the-assessment-and-treatment-of-bulimia-nervosa-and-binge-eating-disorder-a-systematic-review
#6
REVIEW
Marcele Regine de Carvalho, Thiago Rodrigues de Santana Dias, Monica Duchesne, Antonio Egidio Nardi, Jose Carlos Appolinario
Several lines of evidence suggest that Virtual Reality (VR) has a potential utility in eating disorders. The objective of this study is to review the literature on the use of VR in bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED). Using PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses) statement for reporting systematic reviews, we performed a PubMed, Web of Knowledge and SCOPUS search to identify studies employing VR in the assessment and treatment of BN and BED. The following search terms were used: "virtual reality", "eating disorders", "binge eating", and "bulimia nervosa"...
July 9, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678165/functional-freedom-a-psychological-model-of-freedom-in-decision-making
#7
Stephan Lau, Anette Hiemisch
The freedom of a decision is not yet sufficiently described as a psychological variable. We present a model of functional decision freedom that aims to fill that role. The model conceptualizes functional freedom as a capacity of people that varies depending on certain conditions of a decision episode. It denotes an inner capability to consciously shape complex decisions according to one's own values and needs. Functional freedom depends on three compensatory dimensions: it is greatest when the decision-maker is highly rational, when the structure of the decision is highly underdetermined, and when the decision process is strongly based on conscious thought and reflection...
July 5, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653978/transdiagnostic-clinical-global-impression-scoring-for-routine-clinical-settings
#8
Boadie W Dunlop, Jaclyn Gray, Mark H Rapaport
Although there is great interest in the improving the ability to track patients' change over time in routine clinical care settings, no standardized transdiagnostic measure is currently available for busy clinicians to apply. The Clinical Global Impression (CGI) scales are simple measures widely used as outcomes in psychiatric clinical trials. However, the CGI suffers from poorly defined scoring anchors. Efforts to improve the anchors by enhancing the anchor descriptions have proven useful but are limited by being disease-specific, thereby acting as a barrier to the routine clinical adoption of the CGI...
June 27, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28672851/the-role-of-regular-eating-and-self-monitoring-in-the-treatment-of-bulimia-nervosa-a-pilot-study-of-an-online-guided-self-help-cbt-program
#9
Sarah Barakat, Sarah Maguire, Lois Surgenor, Brooke Donnelly, Blagica Miceska, Kirsty Fromholtz, Janice Russell, Phillipa Hay, Stephen Touyz
Background: Despite cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) being regarded as the first-line treatment option for bulimia nervosa (BN), barriers such as its time-consuming and expensive nature limit patient access. In order to broaden treatment availability and affordability, the efficacy and convenience of CBT could be improved through the use of online treatments and selective emphasis on its most 'potent' components of which behavioural techniques form the focus. Method: Twenty-six individuals with BN were enrolled in an online CBT-based self-help programme and 17 completed four weeks of regular eating and food-monitoring using the online Food Diary tool...
June 26, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621727/insights-into-the-experiences-of-treatment-for-an-eating-disorder-in-men-a-qualitative-study-of-autobiographies
#10
Priyanka Thapliyal, Deborah Mitchison, Phillipa Hay
Eating disorders are increasingly recognized as a problem for men but help-seeking is low and little is known about their treatment experiences. This paper sought to determine the treatment experiences of men who have suffered from an eating disorder using autobiographical data. Inclusion criteria were autobiographies of men who had experienced an eating disorder and sought any form of treatment for this, written in the English language, published between 1995 and 2015, and available for purchase in 2016. The search resulted in six books that were thematically analyzed...
June 16, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621706/nada-ear-acupuncture-an-adjunctive-therapy-to-improve-and-maintain-positive-outcomes-in-substance-abuse-treatment
#11
Kenneth Carter, Michelle Olshan-Perlmutter, Jonathan Marx, Janet F Martini, Simon B Cairns
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association protocol (NADA) is an adjunctive therapy using 1 to 5 invariant ear acupuncture/acupressure points. This is a randomized prospective study to determine if NADA plus traditional treatment enhance outcomes: quality of life, depression, anxiety and abstinence from substance abuse. There were 100 patients enrolled in the Keystone Substance Abuse Services-Winthrop University Department of Sociology and Anthropology NADA study. All patients completed Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale (GAD-7), Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES) prior to starting the program and at program completion...
June 16, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590407/family-communication-about-end-of-life-decisions-and-the-enactment-of-the-decision-maker-role
#12
April R Trees, Jennifer E Ohs, Meghan C Murray
End-of-life (EOL) decisions in families are complex and emotional sites of family interaction necessitating family members coordinate roles in the EOL decision-making process. How family members in the United States enact the decision-maker role in EOL decision situations was examined through in-depth interviews with 22 individuals who participated in EOL decision-making for a family member. A number of themes emerged from the data with regard to the enactment of the decision-maker role. Families varied in how decision makers enacted the role in relation to collective family input, with consulting, informing and collaborating as different patterns of behavior...
June 7, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555018/adventure-behavior-seeking-scale
#13
Piotr Próchniak
This article presents a new tool-the Adventure Behavior Seeking Scale (ABSS). The Adventure Behavior Seeking Scale was developed to assess individuals' highly stimulating behaviors in natural environments. An exploratory factor analysis was conducted with 466 participants and resulted in one factor. The internal consistency was 0.80. A confirmatory factor analysis was performed using another sample of 406 participants, and results verified the one-factor structure. The findings indicate that people with a lot of experience in outdoor adventure have a higher score on the ABSS scale than control groups without such experience...
May 27, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538657/social-support-religious-involvement-and-alcohol-use-among-students-at-a-conservative-religious-university
#14
Wendy E Thompson
The misuse of alcohol among college students remains a significant public health concern in the United States. Excessive drinking among college students has been linked to numerous negative consequences, including rape, impaired academic performance, absenteeism from work and school and damaged social relations. This study examined whether religious involvement and social support played a role in reducing the frequency of alcohol use. A non-random convenience sample of 364 students from a larger study of 760 college students-18 years old and older-were recruited over a 2 month period...
May 24, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505118/communicatively-constructing-the-bright-and-dark-sides-of-hope-family-caregivers-experiences-during-end-of-life-cancer-care
#15
Jody Koenig Kellas, Katherine M Castle, Alexis Johnson, Marlene Z Cohen
(1) Background: The communication of hope is complicated, particularly for family caregivers in the context of cancer who struggle to maintain hope for themselves and their loved ones in the face of terminality. In order to understand these complexities, the current study examines the bright and dark sides of how hope is communicated across the cancer journey from the vantage point of bereaved family caregivers; (2) Methods: We analyzed interviews with bereaved family caregivers using qualitative thematic and case oriented strategies to identify patterns in the positive and negative lived experiences when communicating about hope at the end of life; (3) Results: Two overarching patterns of hope emerged...
May 15, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28498355/the-link-between-mastery-and-depression-among-black-adolescents-ethnic-and-gender-differences
#16
Shervin Assari, Cleopatra Howard Caldwell
PURPOSE: Although the link between depression and lower levels of mastery is well established, limited information exists on ethnic and gender differences in the association between the two. The current study investigated ethnic, gender, and ethnic by gender differences in the link between major depressive disorder (MDD) and low mastery in the United States. METHODS: We used data from the National Survey of American Life-Adolescent supplement (NSAL-A), 2003-2004...
May 12, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492478/the-role-of-the-orbitofrontal-and-dorsolateral-prefrontal-cortices-in-aesthetic-preference-for-art
#17
Luca F Ticini
The search for the underlying neural activation that occurs during subjective aesthetic experiences of artwork has been enhanced through neuroimaging techniques. Recently, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, alongside the orbitofrontal cortex, have been implicated in aesthetic appreciation, and this is the focus of the present paper. Here, the validity of this conclusion is examined through the discussion of its neuroanatomical connections and functional properties. It is proposed that the experimental evidence challenges the view that this area could hold a privileged position in a brain network involved in aesthetic preference...
May 11, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481290/physicians-religious-topic-avoidance-during-clinical-interactions
#18
Melinda M Villagran, Brenda L MacArthur, Lauren E Lee, Christy J W Ledford, Mollie R Canzona
Religious and spiritual (R/S) conversations at the end-of-life function to help patients and their families find comfort in difficult circumstances. Physicians who feel uncertain about how to discuss topics related to religious beliefs may seek to avoid R/S conversations with their patients. This study utilized a two-group objective structured clinical examination with a standardized patient to explore differences in physicians' use of R/S topic avoidance tactics during a clinical interaction. Results indicated that physicians used more topic avoidance tactics in response to patients' R/S inquiries than patients' R/S disclosures; however, the use of topic avoidance tactics did not eliminate the need to engage in patient-initiated R/S interactions...
May 8, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475130/universal-connection-through-art-role-of-mirror-neurons-in-art-production-and-reception
#19
REVIEW
Bartlomiej Piechowski-Jozwiak, François Boller, Julien Bogousslavsky
Art is defined as expression or application of human creative skill and imagination producing works to be appreciated primarily for their aesthetic value or emotional power. This definition encompasses two very important elements-the creation and reception of art-and by doing so it establishes a link, a dialogue between the artist and spectator. From the evolutionary biological perspective, activities need to have an immediate or remote effect on the population through improving survival, gene selection, and environmental adjustment, and this includes art...
May 5, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28452941/failure-to-captcha-attention-null-results-from-an-honesty-priming-experiment-in-guatemala
#20
Stewart Kettle, Marco Hernandez, Michael Sanders, Oliver Hauser, Simon Ruda
We report results from a large online randomised tax experiment in Guatemala. The trial involves short messages and choices presented to taxpayers as part of a CAPTCHA pop-up window immediately before they file a tax return, with the aim of priming honest declarations. In total our sample includes 627,242 taxpayers and 3,232,430 tax declarations made over four months. Treatments include: honesty declaration; information about public goods; information about penalties for dishonesty, questions allowing a taxpayer to choose which public good they think tax money should be spent on; or questions allowing a taxpayer to state a view on the penalty for not declaring honestly...
April 28, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
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