Special Issue Title:

COVID-19 impact on men's mental health

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021

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Special Issue Editor

  • Guest Editor

    Areen OmaryE-MailWebsite

    PhD, LMSW, West Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University System, Texas, USA

    Interests: Depression, Suicide, Addiction, Population health outcomes, Social determinants of health, Evidence-based treatment, Integrated health, COVID-19 health status

Special Issue Information

Background, Significance, and Goals of the Special Issue

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus 2020 (COVID-19) a global pandemic and acknowledged its fatal potential. Although the pandemic has since rapidly evolved, its effects on the health and well-being of the general population have barely been examined. The full impact of COVID-19 remains uncertain in most countries.

Scientific societies across the world are only scratching the surface in trying to determine how COVID-19 impacts humans' physical and mental health in both the short and long term. There are not only uncertain ramifications on humans' physical and psychological health, but also a lack of research specifically targeting the male population’s mental health.

The goal of this special issue is to focus on the impacts of COVID-19 on men’s mental health, including their ability to cope with existing comorbidities during the pandemic as well as problems related to healthcare access for men, physical and mental illnesses, employment and unemployment, interpersonal relationships, fatherhood and parenting, marital relationships and family life, isolation, loneliness, and leisure time.

In this special issue, we welcome contributions that describe and enumerate the COVID-19 mental health aspects among men, between men and women, and among boys and male adolescents. The proposed special issue encourages a broad range of submissions, including research articles and studies employing surveys, randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, quasi-experimental research design, qualitative research, mixed research design, big data analytics, and case reports. We also welcome analytical essays, opinion articles, and commentaries and reviews related to the impact of COVID-19 on men’s mental health with regard to any of the topics of interest listed below.

Topics of Interest:

-Coping with existing comorbidities during COVID-19

-Healthcare access in urban and rural areas

-Issues related to employment and unemployment during COVID-19

-The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on interpersonal relationships

-The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on fatherhood

-Spousal relationships and family life during the pandemic

-Isolation and time spent on leisure activities during the pandemic

-Coping with mental illness during the pandemic

-Major depression and depressive symptoms


-Anxiety disorders

-Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

-Increased caregiving responsibilities among men during the COVID-19 pandemic

-Men's relationships with elderly parents

-Home finances

-Male and female health professionals' COVID-19 coping strategies

-Isolation, loneliness, and stress among men during COVID-19

-Changes in social relationships and daily habits

-Special populations of men coping with COVID-19 (such as men with disabilities, economically disadvantaged youth and adults, single fathers, homeless men, male adolescents who are in foster care).

-Cultural stigma for seeking help during the COVID-19 pandemic


Men's health, COVID-19, Pandemic, Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety disorders, Comorbidities, Spousal relationships, Unemployment, Healthcare access

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online by submit system. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Original articles, case reports or comprehensive reviews are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. JOMH is an international peer-reviewed open access journal published by MRE Press. As of January 2021, JOMH will change to a monthly journal. Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript.The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is $2000. We normally offer a discount greater than 30% to all contributors invited by the Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor (GE) and Editorial board member. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English.

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Published Papers (10 papers)

Open Access Special Issue

Men's psychological well-being during COVID-19: the moderator role of posttraumatic growth

Martim Santos,Ana Mónica Machado,Ana Cristina Bernardo,Ângela Leite,M. Graça Pereira

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.079

(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)

Abstract ( 2986 ) PDF (757.87 kB) ( 294 )

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Anxiety level in context of chosen pro-health attitudes of male students during COVID-19 pandemic

Dorota Ortenburger,Jacek Wąsik,Iuliia Pavlova,Dariusz Mosler

DOI: 10.31083/jomh.2021.093

(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)

Abstract ( 2848 ) PDF (2.53 MB) ( 239 )

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Predictors of mental health among male university employees during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic

Danielle Maltais,Christiane Bergeron-Leclerc,Véronique Gauthier,Jacques Cherblanc,Eve Boily,Jacinthe Dion,Eve Pouliot,Oscar Labra

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1805112

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Abstract ( 809 ) PDF (235.58 kB) ( 142 )

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Locked Up and Locked Down: How the Covid-19 Pandemic has Impacted the Mental Health of Male Prisoners and Support Staff

Radha Kothari,Jo Sparrow,Jon Henshall,Daniel Buchan,John Kemp,Amanda Owen,Ian Blakeman,Natasha Sarkissian

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1806141

(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)

Abstract ( 1019 ) PDF (291.99 kB) ( 191 )

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Depression among Korean men during COVID-19: social media and physical activity

Young-Jae Kim,E-Sack Kim

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1803068

(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)

Abstract ( 915 ) PDF (226.72 kB) ( 126 )

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The trajectory of psychological distress and problematic Internet gaming among primary school boys: a longitudinal study across different periods of COVID-19 in China

I-Hua Chen,Yi-Ching Lin,Chung-Ying Lin,Wen-Chao Wang,Jeffrey H. Gamble

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1803070

(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)

Abstract ( 1034 ) PDF (1.22 MB) ( 149 )

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COVID-19 exposure and mental wellbeing of European male employees

Faisal Mahmood,Antonio Ariza-Montes,Maria Saleem,Heesup Han

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1807145

(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)

Abstract ( 796 ) PDF (1.32 MB) ( 131 )

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Men’s mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic: a scoping review

Hyunbong Park,Soyoung Yu

DOI: 10.31083/j.jomh1809179

(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)

Abstract ( 1027 ) PDF (984.82 kB) ( 149 )

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