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Feng Zhou

Bio: Feng Zhou is an academic researcher. The author has contributed to research in topics: Medicine & Psychology. The author has an hindex of 1, co-authored 1 publications receiving 11 citations.

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TL;DR: It is suggested that post traumatic stress symptoms may negatively influence the development of trait mindfulness in disaster-affected adolescents in China, and that posttraumatic growth may have unique implications for this young population which was not associated with posttraumatic stress symptoms or trait mindfulness.
Abstract: Treatment of posttraumatic stress symptoms and facilitation of posttraumatic growth are two encouraging areas of research, yet little is understood about the relationships between trait mindfulness, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and posttraumatic growth. Previous work suggests the linkages among these variables, but most studies have been conducted in adult samples. The aim of this study was to examine longitudinal cross-lagged relationships between mindfulness, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and posttraumatic growth among adolescent survivors of the 2016 Jiangsu tornado in China. Data was collected at two secondary schools located in Yancheng city, where the severe catastrophic damage occurred during the tornado. The sample included 247 adolescent survivors (59.5% girls) aged 12-14 years who were directly affected by the tornado. Participants self-reported their trait mindfulness, posttraumatic stress symptoms, and posttraumatic growth at two time points: 6-month (T1) and 9-month post-tornado (T2; attrition rate 17.4%). Cross-lagged structural equation modelling analyses were conducted. Results showed that posttraumatic stress symptoms at T1 significantly predicted reduced trait mindfulness at T2 but not posttraumatic growth; trait mindfulness at T1 did not significantly predict posttraumatic stress symptoms nor posttraumatic growth at T2; and posttraumatic growth at T1 did not predict trait mindfulness nor posttraumatic stress symptoms at T2. These findings suggested that posttraumatic stress symptoms may negatively influence the development of trait mindfulness in disaster-affected adolescents in China, and that posttraumatic growth may have unique implications for this young population which was not associated with posttraumatic stress symptoms or trait mindfulness.

24 citations

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TL;DR: In this article , the authors explored the effects of personality traits on online rumor sharing during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the mediating role of the fear of COVID-2019 between them.
Abstract: This study aims to explore the effects of personality traits on online rumor sharing during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and the mediating role of the fear of COVID-19 between them. We conducted this research using a web-based questionnaire distributed to 452 university students who were invited to fill it out. The partial least square structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) method was used to test the data and model, with the yielded results demonstrating that three—extroversion, emotional instability, and conscientiousness—of the Big Five personality traits are positively related to a fear of COVID-19, with this fear positively affecting online rumor sharing. Moreover, fear of COVID-19 was found to act as a mediator between personality traits and online rumor sharing; thus, we can conclude that persons with high levels of extroversion, emotional instability, and conscientiousness are more likely to share rumors online due to a fear of COVID-19. This study furthers our understanding of the psychological mechanism by which personality traits influence online rumor sharing and provides references for anti-rumor campaigns taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, as it identifies key groups and sheds light on the necessity of reducing people’s fear of COVID-19.

5 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper , the authors explored motivational changes of college EFL teachers for conducting research in their teaching career, and then delved into the factors underlying their demotivation by sending questionnaires.
Abstract: Competences for conducting research is vitally important for college EFL teachers’ career development, but many college English teachers are demotivated in academic research. To investigate teachers’ motivation on academic activities, this study firstly explored motivational changes of college EFL teachers (mean age 37.39, SD 9.77) for conducting research in their teaching career, and then delved into the factors underlying their demotivation by sending questionnaires. In the end, several English teachers and officers managing research projects were interviewed to elicit solutions to overcome EFL teachers’ demotivation to conduct research. This study found that college EFL teachers had large possibilities to suffer from demotivation to conduct research. Exploratory factor analysis indicated five factors causing their demotivation, including weak research ability, negative emotions and attitudes, poor research surroundings, research management problems and insufficient resources. Thematic analysis demonstrated that ecological solutions should be taken by different stakeholders in EFL teachers’ working ecology, including universities, research communities, government, and publishers. This study problematized the static view on teachers’ demotivation to conduct research and provided some insights and implications for reasons and solutions for demotivation.
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TL;DR: The focus of COVID-19 vaccination promotion should be to strengthen parents’ trust in the government, combined with publicizing the effectiveness and side effects (safety) of vaccines.
Abstract: (1) Aims: This study explored the mechanism by which exposure to different information sources on social media influences Chinese parents’ intention to vaccinate their children against COVID-19. (2) Methods: We developed a research framework based on the Stimulus–Organism–Response (SOR) theory to illustrate how exposure to information sources on social media increases vaccine confidence and, as a result, parents’ intentions regarding pediatric vaccination. The partial least square structural equation modeling (PLS-SEM) method was used to test the data collected through an online survey (687 valid samples). (3) Results: The government approval of vaccines fuels vaccination confidence and acts as a mediator between (a) mass media, government new media, and key opinion leaders, and (b) perceived effectiveness and side effects (safety) of vaccines. (4) Conclusions: The mass media, government new media, and key opinion leaders are crucial sources for encouraging parents to vaccinate their children since they boost the vaccination trust. The focus of COVID-19 vaccination promotion should be to strengthen parents’ trust in the government, combined with publicizing the effectiveness and side effects (safety) of vaccines.

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TL;DR: This review aimed to summarize peer-reviewed studies published in 2018 on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression symptoms after environmental disasters, focusing on 40 disasters that occurred between 1982 and 2017.
Abstract: As interest in the mental health consequences of environmental disasters increases, this review aimed to summarize peer-reviewed studies published in 2018 on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression symptoms after such events. Notable trends in the past year of research included studies focusing on vulnerable populations (e.g., persons with preexisting physical health conditions), assessing the cumulative impact of exposure to multiple disasters, exploring pathway leading to PTSD and depression symptoms, and evaluating the effectiveness of post-disaster interventions. Over 100 articles were identified, focused on 40 disasters that occurred between 1982 and 2017. Prevalence estimates ranged from 0 to 70.51% for PTSD and 1.9 to 59.5% for depression. Consistent predictors of adverse outcomes included female gender, socioeconomic disadvantage, high disaster exposure, and low psychosocial resources. Further research that expands upon recent advances in the literature is critical given the large proportion of the world’s population exposed to disasters and the increasing incidence of such events.

51 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, the authors presented the first national view of Americans' distress during the massive disruption of COVID-19 and identified levels of stress exposure, protective psychosocial resources, and coping strategies.
Abstract: Objective The rapid emergence of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic in the United States has dramatically altered daily life and taken a toll on Americans' physical, mental, social, and financial well-being. Based on previous widespread disasters, future high prevalence of short- and long-term adverse mental health consequences are anticipated. Studies of COVID-19 outside the United States indicated moderately high levels of distress, but we have little information regarding Americans' distress nor the factors associated with relative distress or adjustment during this unprecedented time. This study represents the first national view of Americans' distress during the massive disruption of COVID-19 and identifies levels of stress exposure, protective psychosocial resources, and coping strategies. Method Data were collected April 7-9, 2020 from an online platform, using best practices for ensuring high-quality data; 1,015 completed respondents are included ([53.9%] women; average age = 38.9 years; mostly White [82.4%] and non-Hispanic [91.5%]). Respondents' locations ranged across the United States, from 18.5% in the Northeast to 37.8% in the South. Results Fairly high levels of stress exposure and peritraumatic and general distress (depression, anxiety, and stress) were reported. Emotion regulation skills along with active and distraction coping emerged as the strongest predictors of lower distress levels. Conclusions These results identify potential targets for online mental health interventions-focusing on engaging in adaptive emotion regulation and coping (e.g., through telehealth mental health first aid)-during the pandemic to offset the likely rise in distress over the months ahead. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2021 APA, all rights reserved).

34 citations

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TL;DR: The results found that cyberbullying, mindfulness and depression would predict each other over time.
Abstract: The aim of this study is to examine the longitudinal relationships between cyberbullying perpetration, mindfulness, and depression among Chinese adolescents. The participants in our study included 1390 high school students who were randomly selected from several secondary schools in east China. Participants completed the Chinese version of Revised Cyber Bullying Inventory-Cyberbullying Subscale, the Chinese version of the Mindfulness Attention Awareness Scale and the Centre for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale for Children at two time points (6-month interval). The results found that cyberbullying, mindfulness and depression would predict each other over time. Contributions to theory, limitations in our research and recommendations for future intervention are discussed in this article.

23 citations

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TL;DR: In this paper, a cross-sectional study conducted in a sample of 409 Chinese firefighters who reported to have experienced critical incidents during their daily work participants completed self-report questionnaires and found that dispositional mindfulness directly and negatively predicted PTSD and positively predicted PTG.

21 citations

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TL;DR: It is suggested that there is comorbidity between PTSD and depression and that PTSD positively influence the development of depression in adolescents during the early period of the tornado, whereas depression did not predict PTSD.
Abstract: OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to examine the comorbidity and longitudinal cross-lagged relationships between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression among Chinese adolescents after their experience of the Yancheng tornado. METHOD A total of 154 adolescents from 2 local middle schools in Yancheng city participated in this longitudinal study. Participants completed the Child PTSD Symptom Scale and the Center Epidemiological Studies of Depression at 6 months (T1), 9 months (T2), and 12 months (T3) after the tornado, respectively. RESULTS Results include the following: (a) the prevalence of PTSD was 55.84% at T1, 50.00% at T2, and 47.40% at T3; the prevalence of depression was 56.49% at T1, 65.58% at T2, and 66.01% at T3; (b) the comorbidity between PTSD and depression was high, 46.75% at T1, 42.86% at T2, 43.51% at T3; (c) PTSD at T1 significantly predicted depression at T2 (β = 0.42, p < .001), and PTSD at T2 significantly predicted depression at T3 (β = 0.64, p < .001); however, depression cannot significantly predict PTSD at different cross-time points. CONCLUSIONS The results suggest that there is comorbidity between PTSD and depression and that PTSD positively influence the development of depression in adolescents during the early period of the tornado, whereas depression did not predict PTSD. The implications of the results for the psychological services provided to children and youth are discussed. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2019 APA, all rights reserved).

18 citations