International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews


Predictive Value of Heart Rate Measures on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Critical Review of Select Recent Studies

Review Article of International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews Predictive Value of Heart Rate Measures on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Critical Review of Select Recent Studies Samantha L. Hemingway, M.A. School of Psychology, Fielding Graduate University, 2020 De La Vina St, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is characterized by maladaptive psychophysiological changes, such as a reduced vagal tone and hyperarousal, indicating autonomic nervous system dysfunction. In particular, physiological measures of heart rate, and heart rate variability (HRV) have been linked with PTSD expression, indicating that these measures may have diagnostic value. It remains unclear, however, whether altered heart rate and HRV contribute to the risk of PTSD development. This paper provides an overview of the present understanding of psychophysiological factors that may causally contribute to the manifestation of PTSD. The predictive value of heart rate and HRV measures are evaluated. The following sources of evidence are critically reviewed: relationships between momentary HRV components and PTSD symptom severity, predictions of PTSD development from post-trauma heart rate, and predictions of PTSD development from pre-trauma HRV. Available data challenge preliminary findings that abnormalities in heart rate and HRV currently offer reliable insight into PTSD development, but suggest that with additional research, there is a promising role for physiological biomarkers of autonomic dysregulation in risk prediction of future psychopathology. Keywords: Posttraumatic stress disorder; Trauma; Heart rate; Heart rate variability; Psychophysiology; Autonomic nervous system; Risk ...

Play therapy as a diagnostic tool in rural families in Mexico

Research Article of International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews Play therapy as a diagnostic tool in rural families in Mexico Becerril Pérez María Santos1, Cervantes Bazán Karla Alejandra1, Sánchez Escobedo Pedro2* & Esquivel Ancona María Fayne1 1Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 2Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán. The role of play therapy as a research tool is examined after its use in a project directed to study family with at least one migrant member in deprived rural contexts in Mexico. Eighteen families were approached throughout home visits as part of social support services. Videos of the interaction with family members by using play therapy techniques were analyzed with the purpose to establish its advantages and limitations to collect information about the family dynamics. It was found that play therapy is an effective research tool in family studies, since this is a non-intrusive way to elicit feelings, spontaneous behaviors, and change in the family dynamics. Some of the advantages and limitations of this technique are further discussed eliciting practical guidelines for its use. Keywords: Play therapy; Family dynamics; Research tools ...

Touching and Touch Deprivation During a COVID-19 Lockdown

Research Article of International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews Touching and Touch Deprivation During a COVID-19 Lockdown Tiffany Field1,2, Samantha Poling2, Shantay Mines2, Debra Bendell2, and Connie Veazey2 1University of Miami/Miller School of Medicine 2Fielding Graduate University Touching your kids and your partner, self-touching, and touch deprivation have had different effects on individuals during a COVID-19 lockdown. In this Survey Monkey study conducted during a COVID-19 lockdown (N= 260 respondents), 26% said they were touch deprived a lot, 21% said they were touching their kids a lot, 33 % touching their partner a lot, and 32% self-touching a lot (e.g. yoga and stretching). Correlation analyses suggested that touch deprivation was related to scores on the Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Fatigue, Sleep Disturbances and PTSD scales. The three types of touching were positively related to scores on the Health Scale, at home projects, and outdoor exercising with others. Touching partner was also related to lower scores on the Stress, Depression, and PTSD Scales and Self-touching was related to lower scores on the Fatigue and Sleep Disturbance Subscales. The results of these data analyses are limited by the self-reported data from a non-representative, cross-sectional sample. Nonetheless, they highlight the negative effects of touch deprivation and the positive effects of touching your kids and partners and self-touch during a COVID-19 lockdown. Keywords: health, stress, touch deprivation, touching your kids, touching partners ...

Transtorno Obsessivo Compulsivo

Research Article of International Journal of Psychological Research and Reviews Transtorno Obsessivo Compulsivo Dennys Lapenda Fagundes Psychiatric and Sleep Doctor. Master in Neuropsychiatry in Federal University of Pernambuco. CBT Specialist Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a disease that affects many psychopathological segments with the predominance of obsessive ideas or uncontrollable behaviors. Obsessions are presented as intrusive thoughts that cause increased anxiety; while compulsions present themselves as repetitive behaviors or mental acts aimed at minimizing anxiety. OCD was considered a very rare and poor prognosis, but with advances in scientific research, this concept is in the process of changing. Keywords: Transtorno Obsessivo Compulsivo, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder ...

Manuscript Title: The title should be a brief phrase.

Author Information: List full names and affiliation of all authors, including Emails and phone numbers of corresponding author.

Abstract: The abstract should be less than 500 words. Following abstract, a list of keywords and abbreviations should be added. The keywords should be no more than 10. Abbreviation are only used for non standard and long terms.

Introduction: The introduction should included a clear statement of current problems.

Materials and Methods: This section should be clearly described.

Results and discussion: Authors may put results and discussion into a single section or show them separately.

Acknowledgement: This section includes a brief acknowledgment of people, grant details, funds

References: References should be listed in a numbered citation order at the end of the manuscript. DOIs and links to referenced articles should be added if available. Abstracts and talks for conferences or papers not yet accepted should not be cited.

Tables and figures: Tables should be used at a minimum with a short descriptive title. The preferred file formats for Figures/Graphics are GIF, TIFF, JPEG or PowerPoint.

Publication fees: We do not charge any submission charges, but authors are required to pay publication fees after their manuscripts are accepted for publication. For authors who receive our invitations, please send us the invitation code.

Proofreading and Publication: A proof will be sent to the corresponding author. Authors should carefully read it to avoid any errors and return any comments. We will update and publish it shortly. One of our goals is to minimize our publication time. For authors who do not return comments of proofreading on time, we may put the proof onlinefirst and replace it later with the final version. 

Withdrawal/retraction Policy: When you want to withdraw/retract a published article, please send us your written request by email. We will withdraw/retract it from our system after reviewing the request. Please allow us enough time to process it. 

Terms of Use/Privacy Policy/Disclaimer/Other Policies: eSciPub LLC is a publisher to support Open Access initiative located in Houston, Texas, USA. We are a member of the largest community of professional publishers in the United States: the Independent Book Publishers Association. All journals are solely owned by eSciPub LLC and have no affiliation/relationship with any other(s). You agree that by using or receiving our services, you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by all of our terms of use/privacy policy/ disclaimer/ other policies(Click here for details).

About the journal
The journal is solely owned and hosted by eSciPub LLC and has no affiliation/relationship with any other(s). Our aim is to provide a platform that encourages publications of the most recent research/reviews for authors of all countries.


About the publisher
eSciPub LLC is a publisher to support Open Access initiative located in Houston, Texas, USA. It is a member of the largest community of professional publishers in the United States: the Independent Book Publishers Association. It hosts more than 100 Open Access journals in Medicine, Business, Economics, Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Education, Physical Sciences, Sociology, Engineering.


Rapid Response Team
Please feel free to contact our rapid response team if you have any questions. Our customer representative will answer your questions shortly.

International journal of psychological research and reviews

Loading