Health Psychology Research 2018-12-05T09:51:36+01:00 Emanuela Fusinato Open Journal Systems <p><strong>Health Psychology Research</strong> is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research on all aspects of psychology related to health, behavioural medicine, health-related quality of life and illness. The journal reflects the wide application of health psychology study in medical settings. The contents include work on health attitudes and behaviour, health locus of control, quality of life in chronic disease, influence of emotion on health and health-related behaviours, psychological interventions in health and disease as well as psychological aspects of prevention.</p> Risk for depression affects older people’s possibilities to exercise self-determination in using time, social relationships and living life as one wants: A cross-sectional study with frail older people 2018-12-05T09:51:30+01:00 Isabelle Ottenvall Hammar Helene Berglund Synneve Dahlin-Ivanoff Joel Faronbi Susanne Gustafsson <p>Exercising self-determination in daily life is highly valued by older people. However, being in the hands of other people may challenge the older people’s possibilities to exercise self-determination in their daily life. Among frail older people living in Sweden, risk for depression is highly predominant. There is a knowledge gap regarding if, and how having a risk of depression affects older people’s self-determination. The objective was, therefore, to explore if, and in that case how, frail older people’s self-determination is affected by the risk of depression. In this cross-sectional, secondary data analysis, with 161 communitydwelling frail older people, simple logistic regression models were performed to explore the association between self-determination, the risk of depression and demographic variables. The findings showed that risk for depression and reduced self-determination were significantly associated in the dimensions: use of time (P=0.020), social relationship (P=0.003), help and support others (P=0.033), and the overall self-determination item (P=0.000). Risk for depression significantly affected self-determination in use of time (OR=3.04, P=0.014), social relationship (OR=2.53, P=0.011), and overall self-determination (OR=6.17, P=0.000). This point out an increased need of strengthening healthcare professionals’ perspectives, and attitudes towards a self-determined, friendly, and person-centred dialogue.</p> 2018-11-29T15:00:58+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Prevalence of disordered eating attitudes among adolescent girls in Arar City, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 2018-12-05T09:51:36+01:00 Waseem Fatima Leena M. Ahmad <p>Eating disorders (ED) are one of the most common psychiatric problems faced by todays adolescent girls where the attitude towards weight and shape as well as their perception of body shape are disturbed. The aim of the paper is to assess the prevalence and associated factors of disordered eating attitudes among adolescent girls of Arar city, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This is a cross-sectional survey design in which 314 adolescents females (age: 15-19 years) were selected from four schools of Arar city, KSA. Subjects were asked to fill pre-tested questionnaire about socioeconomic status, eating habits and Eating attitude test 26 (EAT 26), there height and weight were measured and BMI was calculated. Disturbed eating behaviors (EAT-26&gt;20) was found in 25.47% participants. The prevalence of disordered eating was more in overweight and obese than normal weight. Vegetarian girls had higher EAT 26 score than non - vegetarian and significant difference was found in total EAT 26 score and subgroup namely oral control and dieting score (P&lt;0.01) but non-significant difference was found between Saudi and non-Saudi adolescent girls in different BMI ranges. Eating disorders prevalent in adolescent girls and were strongly associated with weight status and eating habits. Future prospective and experimental studies are warranted to advance our understanding of the risk factors to enable better preventive program planning.</p> 2018-11-29T10:50:51+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The role of the psychologist in the veterans administration’s patient aligned care team and huddle: A review, practical recommendations, and a call to action 2018-11-28T17:16:05+01:00 Rodrigo Velezmoro The Veterans Administration (VA)’s Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) model has been a cornerstone of primary care in the VA healthcare system and has indicated the need for an organizational cultural shift towards interdisciplinary care. Most of the focus in PACT has been on the traditional providers of the medical model, with little attention focused on the role of the psychologist. This paper examines how psychologists can assist in the PACT model and, in particular, within the team VA huddle. Literature on the PACT model, mental health in PACT, and the advantages of the huddle are reviewed. Lessons learned within a large VA clinic are also discussed. Psychologists’ ability to be a clinician, teambuilder, and system specialist is discussed and how it benefits the PACT and the huddling process. Practical recommendations are made for how to best assist during the huddle, and how to advocate for both the huddle, and for a broader cultural shift in care. 2018-11-07T15:38:32+01:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##