Health, Wellness, & Society Journal Award

The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Health, Wellness, & Society Research Network.

Award Winners for Volume 7

A Descriptive Study Focusing on Mental Health Diagnoses, Locus of Control, Self-Efficacy and Chronic Health Conditions in Rural Women

The interactions between physical health conditions and mental health of rural women, as a matter of wellness, have not been well studied. The purpose of this descriptive study was to determine the relationship among physical health issues, positive self-report screens for depression and anxiety, locus of control, and other demographic factors. A secondary focus was to identify the primary locus of control among rural women and the percentage of women affected by mental health conditions. The convenience sample included fifty female patients between the ages of eighteen and sixty-four who received services from a Federally Qualified Health Center in a Midwestern United States community. Data collection included age, ethnicity, marital status, employment status, health-insurance status, household income, physical health conditions (arthritis, diabetes, female problems, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, pain, and substance abuse), body mass index, and scores on mental health screening instruments (Patient Health Questionnaire-9, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, General Self Efficacy Scale, and Locus of Control). Data were analyzed using T-tests and correlations analysis to determine relationships between the named variables. Significant impact on wellness was found in all areas (physical health conditions, mental health conditions, locus of control, and demographic characteristics). Locus of control was primarily internal. Depression and/or anxiety symptoms were indicated in the majority of the participants.

Past Award Winners

Volume 6

A Place for Everyone?: The Challenge of Promoting Community Inclusion at a Recreation Centre

Hilde Zitzelsberger and Jennifer Leo, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp. 65-74


Volume 5

Employees Participating in Change: Empowerment Approach to Improving Staff Health, Safety and Wellness

Baumann, Andrea, Patricia Norman, Dina Idriss-Wheeler, Kaiyan Fu, and Paul Rizk, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp.1-14


Volume 4

Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous Green Vegetables, and Health Security: Exploring Livelihood Practices within African Traditions

Shadrack Baleseng Ramokgadi, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 4, Issue 3-4, pp.47-57


Volume 3

Social Justice and Health Equality: Urban Aboriginal Women’s Action for Health Reform

Donna L. M. Kurtz, deSales Turner, Jessie Nyberg, and Diana Moar, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.13-26


Volume 2

Social Work Approaches for Substance-Use Treatment

Maria Cisaltina da Silveira Nunes Dinis, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.23-36


Volume 1

The Influence of Military Culture and Veteran Worldviews on Mental Health Treatment: Practice Implications for Combat Veteran Help-seeking and Wellness

Eugenia Weiss, Jose E. Coll, and Michael Metal, The International Journal of Health, Wellness, and Society, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.75-86