Paoletti, Isabella; Gomes, Sandra
This article focuses on the relevance that the dimension of the future has for promoting healthy and active aging. Older people generally have difficulties in talking about the future and when they do they generally express very negative perspectives on it. The data analyzed in this paper are part of an on-going interdisciplinary research project: "Aging, poverty and social exclusion: an interdisciplinary study on innovative support services" (https://apseclunl.wordpress.com/). The project aims at documenting good practices in social intervention with older people who are at risk of exclusion. This study describes and critically discusses an activity carried out in Portugal among...
von Humboldt, Sofia; Leal, Isabel Pereira; Pimenta, Filipa
This study intended to analyze the indicators of adjustment to aging (AtA)
and to investigate the latent constructs that can work as major determinants in
spirituality for a cross-national older community-dwelling population. Questionnaires
were completed to assess the participants’ background information. Interviews were
performed, addressing one core area: indicators of AtA. Complete data were available
for 154 older adults from two nationalities (German and Portuguese), aged between
75 and 103 years (M = 86.6; SD = 6.98). The data were subjected to content analysis.
Representations of the associations and latent constructs were analyzed using a
multiple correspondence analysis (MCA). The most prevalent response of the interviewed
participants for indicators...
Costa, Rui Miguel; Miller, Geoffrey F.; Brody, Stuart
Carvalho, Cláudia Maria Constante Ferreira de; Mazzoni, Giuliana; Kirsch, Irving
The effects of posthypnotic suggestion on health-related behavior, using a behavioral
measure of adherence, were investigated. Three hundred twenty-three students covering
the full range of hypnotic suggestibility were prescribed an easy (mood rating) or
a difficult (physical activity) task. Participants were randomly assigned to receive either
a) hypnosis with posthypnotic suggestions to facilitate performance of the assigned task
or b) a social request to perform the assigned task. There were significant effects for
type of task and hypnosis, revealing that participants adhered significantly more to the
easy task and that hypnosis decreased task adherence. Hypnotic suggestibility did not
predict adherence, and its interaction with posthypnotic suggestion was not...
Beja, Vanda; Leal, Isabel Pereira
Objective To gain a deeper understanding of healthcare providers’ perceptions on the
abortion counselling they provide and its usefulness.
Method We conducted in-depth interviews with 16 healthcare providers working in the
Lisbon metropolitan area. The interviews were then subjected to content analysis.
Results We identified the following themes on abortion counselling description: receiving
the woman and understanding her request; providing information; supporting decisionmaking; managing emotional and psychological issues; addressing contraception; managing
third-party involvement; offering psychological counselling; informing about the State’s support and offering social counselling. All participants described counselling as useful but valued different aspects of it: information provision; addressing contraception to prevent
future unplanned pregnancy/abortion; emotional...
Matos, Margarida Gaspar de; Barrett, Paula; Dadds, Mark; Shortt, Alison
Used data from the Portuguese HBSC (Health Behaviour in School-Aged Children) survey, which was conducted by one of the authors who is the national representative of the European Study HBSC, a World Health Organisation collaborative study (Currie, Hurrelmann, Setterbulte, Smith, Todd, 2000; Matos, Simoes, Carvalhosa, Reis & Canha 2000), to examine correlates of depression and anxiety in a large, representative sample of adolescents. The study had four aims: (1) to examine the relationship between feelings of anxiety and depression; (2) to examine the association of positive peer relationships, and anxiety and depression in school-age adolescents; (3) to examine the relationship...
Campos, Juliana Alvares Duarte Bonini; Carlotto, Mary Sandra; Maroco, João
The Oldenburg Burnout Inventory for college students (OLBI-S) was adapted to Brazilian Portuguese and
its reliability and validity were measured in a sample of both Brazilian (n=958) and Portuguese (n=602)
college students. The confirmatory factor analysis of the OLBI-S showed good fit but two items were
removed since they lacked individual reliability (λ<.50). The new structure showed good fit to 2/3 of the
test sample and was invariant to the other 1/3 of the total sample. Convergent validity and internal consistency
were low, but discriminant, concurrent and divergent validity were good. The OLBI-S was not invariant
in the Brazilian and Portuguese samples. The adapted OLBI-S did...
Campos, Juliana Alvares Duarte Bonini; Carrascosa, Andréa Corrêa; Maroco, João
he aim of this study is to evaluate the validity and reliability of the Mandibular Function Impairment Questionnaire (MFIQ) (Portuguese version). Face and content validity of the Portuguese version were performed. To assess reproducibility of the data gathered with MFIQ, it was applied to 62 individuals who completed the questionnaire on two occasions. Validity and reliability of the data gathered with MFIQ were evaluated in a sample of 249 patients. Construct-related validity was assessed through factorial validity (by means of a confirmatory factor analysis), and convergent and discriminant validities were assessed, respectively, by the average variance extracted (AVE), composite reliability...
Maroco, João; Ribeiro, Rui Bártolo
Costa, Rui Miguel; Miller, Geoffrey F.; Brody, Stuart
Introduction. Research indicates that (i) women’s orgasm during penile–vaginal intercourse (PVI) is influenced by
fitness-related male partner characteristics, (ii) penis size is important for many women, and (iii) preference for a
longer penis is associated with greater vaginal orgasm consistency (triggered by PVI without concurrent clitoral
Aims. To test the hypothesis that vaginal orgasm frequency is associated with women’s reporting that a longer than
average penis is more likely to provoke their PVI orgasm.
Method. Three hundred twenty-three women reported in an online survey their past month frequency of various
sexual behaviors (including PVI, vaginal orgasm, and clitoral orgasm), the effects of a longer than average...
von Humboldt, Sofia; Leal, Isabel Pereira; Santos, Susana; Niculescu, Georgeta
Objectives: The population’s increased longevity is leading to a worldwide concern about older adults’
well-being and about the incidence of chronic diseases such as diabetes. The present research intends to: (a)
determine significant differences among three groups of older adults with diverse diabetes diagnosis, namely,
participants with only type 2 diabetes, participants with diabetes and other chronic diseases and the remaining
without any chronic disease, regarding the satisfaction with life (SWL) and sense of coherence (SOC) scores,
and (b) to assess the association of SWL with SOC in these groups.
Method: We recruited 304 non-institutionalized older adults aged between 74-100 years (M=82.9; SD= 6.71),
von Humboldt, Sofia; Leal, Isabel Pereira; Laneiro, Tito; Tavares, Patrícia
To date, little research has yet focused in broad assessment for management consultancy professionals. This investigation
aims to analysemanagement consultants’ self-perceptions of occupational stress (SPoOS), sources of stress (SoS) and stress
management strategies (SMS) and to find latent constructs that can work as major determinants in consultants’ conceptualization
of SPoOS, SoS and SMS. Measures were completed, including demographics and interviews. Complete data
were available for 39 management consultants, 53.8% male and aged between 23 and 56 years (M=38.0; SD=9.2).
The data were subjected to content analysis. Representation of the associations and latent constructs were analysed by a
multiple correspondence analysis. Results indicated that ‘intellectual disturber’ (31.4%)...
Costa, Pedro Alexandre; Rita, Claudia; Fernandes, Inês; Caldeira, Sara Cláudia Pombo; Pereira, Henrique Marques; Leal, Isabel Pereira
Pimenta, Filipa; Leal, Isabel Pereira; Maroco, João; Ramos, Catarina
Objective: Hormonal changes during menopausal transition are linked to physical and psychological
symptoms’ emergence. This study aims to explore if life events predict menopausal symptoms.
Methods: This cross-sectional research encompasses a community sample of 992 women who answered
to socio-demographic, health, menopause-related and lifestyle questionnaires; menopausal symptoms
and life events were assessed with validated instruments. Structural equation modeling was used to build
a causal model.
Results: Menopausal status predicted only three symptoms: skin/facial hair changes (B = .136; p = .020),
sexual (B = .157; p = .004) and, marginally, vasomotor symptoms (B = .094; p = .054). Life events predicted
depressive mood (B =
−.391; p = .002),...
Carvalheira, Ana Alexandra; Leal, Isabel Pereira
Masturbation is a common sexual practice with significant variations in reported incidence between men and women. The goal of this study was to explore the (1) age at initiation and frequency of masturbation, (2) associations of masturbation with diverse variables, (3) reported reasons for masturbating and associated emotions, and (4) the relationship between frequency of masturbation and different sexual behavioral factors. A total of 3,687 women completed a web-based survey of previously pilot-tested items. The results reveal a high reported incidence of masturbation practices amongst this convenience sample of women. Ninety one percent of women, in this sample, indicated that...
Pimenta, Filipa; Leal, Isabel Pereira; Maroco, João; Ramos, Catarina
Objective: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) has proven to be effective in weight reduction. This study explores whether individual, 8-session CBT can promote weight loss in midlife women.
Methods: Anthropometric (weight, abdominal perimeter, and body mass index calculation), psychological (health-related and sexual quality of life, stress, anxiety, and depression), and behavioral measures (binge eating disorder and restrained, external, and emotional eating) were assessed at baseline (T1), posttreatment (T2), and 4-month follow-up (T3), for a total of 21 women at baseline; the CBT group (n = 11) and the control group (n = 10; waiting list) were compared.
Results: Statistically significant effects that were dependent...
Valente, Maria Alexandra Ferreira; Ribeiro, José Luís Pais; Jensen, Mark P.
The Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), Numerical Rating Scale (NRS), Verbal Rating Scale (VRS), and the Faces
Pain Scale-Revised (FPS-R) are among the most commonly used measures of pain intensity in clinical and
research settings. Although evidence supports their validity as measures of pain intensity, few studies
have compared them with respect to the critical validity criteria of responsivity, and no experiment
has directly compared all 4 measures in the same study. The current study compared the relative validity
of VAS, NRS, VRS, and FPS-R for detecting differences in painful stimulus intensity and differences
between men and women in response to experimentally induced pain. One hundred twenty-seven...
Ribeiro, José Luís Pais
The objective of this review is to present and discuss the quality of life
(QOL) construct, more specifically the QOL in the field of health and disease also
designated as health-related quality of life (HRQOL). QOL is an everyday language
concept with a relatively short history in the health field. It became a principal endpoint
in health care as a consequence of the development of patients’ rights
movements. It is important for clinical, economic and political decisions. There is no
gold standard way to measure QOL and the existence of a huge number of measures
and related QOL concepts makes it difficult to discuss QOL. This means...
Patrão, Ivone Alexandra Martins; Leal, Isabel Pereira; Maroco, João
Distressing events can lead to negative outcomes, such as post-traumatic stress symptoms; however, they can also lead to
positive outcomes, being an experience of post-traumatic growth or benefit finding. In the context of cancer, the positive thinking may
impact on important psychological outcomes, including depression, anxiety, positive well-being and health behaviors. There are few
longitudinal studies in this area. Thus, the aim of this study was to investigate the psychosocial clinical pathway of Portuguese women
with breast cancer (time 1 “diagnosis”, time 2 “surgery” and time 3 “treatments”). A total of 30 women diagnosed with breast cancer
were evaluated, on 3 separate occasions, in relation...
Senra, Hugo Renato Carreira Gomes; Oliveira, Rui Aragão Gomes; Leal, Isabel Pereira
Background: Depression has been referred as a frequent
problem in visually impaired adults. Recent studies have
hypothesized depression as part of the adjustment process to
vision loss. Studies with other physically impaired patients
have associated depression with self-awareness of the
Aim: Our study wants to know if self-awareness of the
impairment is associated with depressive levels, putting
depression as part of the adjustment process to vision loss.
Methods: A naturalistic cross-sectional study, using both
qualitative and quantitative instruments was adopted. Our
sample was composed by a selected group of 40 adult patients
at a rehabilitation setting, and who have lost their vision after
age 18. Self-awareness of the impairment was collected