|For Immediate Release
March 11, 2011
Journal of Health and Social Work Addresses Mental and Physical Health Intersections
February 2011 Edition Explores Stress, Substance Abuse, Breast Cancer and Other Topics
Healthcare in the United States continues to be a concern for all citizens. But while politicians continue to wrangle over healthcare coverage, how mental health is affected by physical health and vice versa has been largely ignored by the public.
In the February 2011 issue of its journal Health and Social Work, Stephen H. Gorin, PhD, MSW, begins a second four-year-term as the Editor-in-Chief.Â
The February 2011 issue of Health and Social Work features:
- “Hopelessness, Family Stress, and Depression among Mexican-Heritage Mothers in the Southwest,” by Flavio F. Marsiglia, Stephen Kulis, Hilda Garcia Perez and Monica Bermudez-Parsai: A study of mothers of Mexican-heritage revealed that two key factorsâ€”familial support and employment outside the homeâ€”help prevent and/or lessen depression and feelings of hopelessness.
- “The Lived Experiences of Tobacco Use, Dependence, and Cessation: Insights and Perspectives of People with Mental Illness,” by Erica Singer Solway: A study of people with mental illness, both smokers and non-smokers, revealed that smokers with mental illness used cigarettes to manage stress, create comfort and provide a sense of belonging.
- “Substance Use and Mental Health Problems as Predictors of HIV Sexual Risk Behaviors among Adolescents in Foster Care,” by Ronald G. Thompson Jr. and Wendy F. Auslander: A study confirmed that adolescents in foster care are at risk for substance abuse, mental health problems and engaging in sex without condoms. The study authors recommend that HIV prevention efforts should go beyond the current educational standards by assessing substance abuse among adolescents in foster care and targeting interventions to those with such problems.
- “A Comprehensive Analysis of the Quality of Online Health-Related Information Regarding Schizophrenia,” by Joseph Guada and Victoria Venable: The study showed that for-profit websites are better at providing accurate and up-to-date information on schizophrenia.
- “Testing the Feasibility of a Culturally Tailored Breast Cancer Screening Intervention with Native Hawaiian Women in Rural Churches,” by Lana Sue I. Ka‘opua, Soon H. Park, Margaret E. Ward and Kathryn L. Braun: The researchers documented women’s responses to a church-based breast cancer screening education program that integrates Hawaiian and Judeo-Christian values and practices, a protocol called ka lei mana‘olana (KLM), or “The Lei of Hope.” They found that using this approach helped participants avoid feeling like “guinea pigs”, a common reason why Hawaiian women decline to participate in client trials.
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