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Mental health

Section edited by Noriko Cable.

This section aims to publish the latest research in the field of mental health, through a public health lens. Broadly speaking, we will publish research that enables us to protect and promote good mental health and wellbeing, whilst aiming to prevent mental illness.

We welcome research that will transform our collective understanding of mental health, from the individual to the community level, and across all sectors. This includes studies that employ an epidemiological approach to examine stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide.

To inform policy and initiatives, we also strongly encourage submissions that address growing areas of concern, from technology and social media and its impacts on bullying and self-image, to issues of loneliness and isolation.

  1. Content type: Research article

    The Getting it Right study determined the validity, sensitivity, specificity and acceptability of the culturally adapted 9-item Patient Health Questionnaire (aPHQ-9) as a screening tool for depression in Abori...

    Authors: Sara Farnbach, Graham Gee, Anne-Marie Eades, John Robert Evans, Jamie Fernando, Belinda Hammond, Matty Simms, Karrina DeMasi, Nick Glozier, Alex Brown and Maree L. Hackett

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1270

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  2. Content type: Research article

    Hostility can result in negative outcomes in people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA); however, previous research on this topic is far from adequate. To contribute to existing knowledge on this aspect of PLWHA, the...

    Authors: Miaomiao Zhao, Baohua Liu, Tong Zheng, Jiao Xu, Yanhua Hao, Jiahui Wang, Xin Zhang, Wanling Nie, Chao Wang, Fuxiang Wang, Mingli Jiao, Qunhong Wu and Libo Liang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1189

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  3. Content type: Research article

    Despite an understanding of the circumstances of child marriage, including how it limits agency and erodes childhood support systems, not much is known about the relationship between child marriage and mental ...

    Authors: Neetu A. John, Jeffrey Edmeades and Lydia Murithi

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1029

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Depression is regarded as a major public health concern in our society. While living arrangements as a structural factor of social support may contribute to older adults’ depression. Our study aims to investig...

    Authors: Yong Zhang, Zifeng Liu, Lingling Zhang, Paiyi Zhu, Xin Wang and Yixiang Huang

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:1017

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  5. Content type: Research article

    There is growing awareness of the need for effective prevention, early detection, and novel treatment approaches for common mental disorders (CMDs) among university students. Reliable epidemiological data on p...

    Authors: Jason Bantjes, Christine Lochner, Wylene Saal, Janine Roos, Lian Taljaard, Daniel Page, Randy P. Auerbach, Philippe Mortier, Ronny Bruffaerts, Ronald C. Kessler and Dan J. Stein

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:922

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  6. Content type: Research article

    A growing body of evidence has demonstrated the associations between social capital and health. In residential or geographical areas, social capital has attracted attention for its protective effects against s...

    Authors: Daisuke Hori, Soshi Takao, Ichiro Kawachi, Yuh Ohtaki, Christina-Sylvia Andrea, Tsukasa Takahashi, Nagisa Shiraki, Tomohiko Ikeda, Yu Ikeda, Shotaro Doki, Yuichi Oi, Shinichiro Sasahara and Ichiyo Matsuzaki

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:919

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Previous research shows that physical activity has a protective effect on mental distress in adults, but the relationship is less researched and seems more ambiguous for adolescents. Studies in this field have...

    Authors: Ida Marie Opdal, Bente Morseth, Bjørn Helge Handegård, Kjersti Lillevoll, Helga Ask, Christopher Sivert Nielsen, Alexander Horsch, Anne-Sofie Furberg, Simon Rosenbaum and Kamilla Rognmo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:916

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  8. Content type: Research article

    Asylum-seeking children and adolescents (ASCs) who have resettled in Western countries show elevated rates of psychological distress, including Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms (PTSS), depression, and anxiety. Mo...

    Authors: Lauritz Rudolf Floribert Müller, Katharina Gossmann, Franziska Hartmann, Karl Phillipp Büter, Rita Rosner and Johanna Unterhitzenberger

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:908

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    To assess the effectiveness of a smartphone app-based intervention compared to a regular intervention of caregivers in primary health care institutions. The intervention is aimed at increasing positive mental ...

    Authors: Carme Ferré-Grau, Laia Raigal-Aran, Jael Lorca-Cabrera, Maria Ferré-Bergadá, Mar Lleixà-Fortuño, Maria Teresa Lluch-Canut, Montserrat Puig-Llobet and Núria Albacar-Riobóo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:888

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  10. Content type: Research article

    Social inclusion is a human right for all people, including people with mental illness. It is also an important part of recovery from mental illness. In Timor-Leste, no research has investigated the social exp...

    Authors: Teresa Hall, Ritsuko Kakuma, Lisa Palmer, Harry Minas, João Martins and Michelle Kermode

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:702

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Several observational studies have shown that exercise reduces the risk of cognitive decline; however, evidences from long-term, well-conducted, randomized controlled trials are scanty. The principal aim of th...

    Authors: Enzo Iuliano, Alessandra di Cagno, Adriana Cristofano, Antonella Angiolillo, Rita D’Aversa, Santina Ciccotelli, Graziamaria Corbi, Giovanni Fiorilli, Giuseppe Calcagno and Alfonso Di Costanzo

    Citation: BMC Public Health 2019 19:659

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