Health Psychology Research 2019-11-14T17:54:35+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> Smart technology for healthcare: Exploring the antecedents of adoption intention of healthcare wearable technology 2019-11-14T17:54:33+01:00 Ka Yin Chau Michael Huen Sum Lam Man Lai Cheung Ejoe Kar Ho Tso Stuart W. Flint David R. Broom Gary Tse Ka Yiu Lee <p>Technological advancement and personalized health information has led to an increase in people using and responding to wearable technology in the last decade. These changes are often perceived to be beneficial, providing greater information and insights about health for users, organizations and healthcare and government. However, to date, understanding the antecedents of its adoption is limited. Seeking to address this gap, this cross-sectional study examined what factors influence users’ adoption intention of healthcare wearable technology. We used self-administrated online survey to explore adoption intentions of healthcare wearable devices in 171 adults residing in Hong Kong. We analyzed the data by Partial least squares – structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM). The results reveal that perceived convenience and perceived irreplaceability are key predictors of perceived usefulness, which in turn strengthens users’ adoption intention. Additionally, the results also reveal that health belief is one of the key predictors of adoption intention. This paper contributes to the extant literature by providing understanding of how to strengthen users’ intention to adopt healthcare wearable technology. This includes the strengthening of perceived convenience and perceived irreplaceability to enhance the perceived usefulness, incorporating the extensive communication in the area of healthcare messages, which is useful in strengthening consumers’ adoption intention in healthcare wearable technology.</p> 2019-09-24T11:58:51+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## The comparison of general health in athlete and non-athlete women 2019-11-14T17:54:34+01:00 Ghorban Hemati Alamdarloo Majid Chahardah Cheric Maryam Doostzadeh Zahra Nazari <p>The aim of the present study was to compare the general health in athlete and non-athlete women. The statistical population of the present study included all athlete and non-athlete women in Shiraz, Iran. The sample consisted of 764 subjects (382 athletes, 382 non- athletes) that the athletes sample selected by Gerjesy and Morgan’ sample size table and non-athletes sample selected by purposeful sampling method. The General Health Questionnaire (Goldberg, 1978) was used for measuring the general health. Independent t-test and multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) tests were used for data analysis. The results showed a significant difference between athlete and non-athlete women in the general health and its subscales (p&lt;0.05). According to this finding, general health in athletes is better than non-athlete women. Regarding the findings of this study, it can be argued that sport activities are effective in improving general health of women.</p> 2019-09-18T10:14:37+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement## Lifestyle, body mass index and wellness in youth: Strengthens and weakness in Italian youth 2019-11-14T17:54:35+01:00 Dina Di Giacomo Jessica Ranieri Fabiana Fiasca Antonella Mattei <p>This study investigated the psychological wellbeing and body perception among young Italian people. Drinking, eating, and sexual behaviors have been examined in relation to body mass index (BMI) and psychological well-being by EPOCH framework. This was a cross-sectional observational study conducted on Italian adolescent and young adult population through an online survey. Qualitative and quantitative data on lifestyle, BMI classes, and psychological characteristics of wellness in youth were obtained from a sample of 1221 Italian participants using a self-report questionnaire on body perception and habits, a socio-demographics&nbsp;inventory, and the EPOCH measure. Findings suggest that being underweight or overweight is associated with various factors, including gender, self-control regarding food, perception of one’s body, and the happiness domain. EPOCH framework revealed the psychological wellness of girls and young women did not seem strongly affected by BMI, though Perseverance and Happiness seemed reduced with increasing BMI. The Engagement,&nbsp;Optimism, and Connectedness domains were not significantly affected by the BMI variable. On the contrary, Perseverance and Happiness seemed reduced with increasing BMI and were related to physical shape. Our study offers a new perspective: promoting&nbsp;the development of positive psychological characteristics since adolescence to boost quality of life by improving wellness, by EPOCH approach could be functional reinforcing specific psychological&nbsp;aspects in young generations regarding future wellness,&nbsp;improving the positive perception and management of their own health.</p> 2019-09-18T10:11:29+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##