Friday, September 22, 2023

JHRS has been indexed in ERIHPLUS

Dear JHRS readers,

With great pleasure I want to inform you that JHRS has been indexed in ERIHPLUS database today.


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JHRS Editor-in-chief

Thursday, September 7, 2023

JHRS has been indexed in ResearchGate

Dear authors,

JHRS has been indexed in ResearchGate.

What is ResearchGate?

ResearchGate is the professional network for scientists and researchers. We help researchers connect and make it easy for them to share and access scientific output, knowledge, and expertise.
How is it useful?

ResearchGate connects you with other researchers, helps you discover content valuable to your work, and lets you make your own research visible. Here's how:
  • Connect with colleagues, co-authors, and specialists in your field
  • Add your research to your profile to make it discoverable by other researchers
  • Access publications and other work in your field and from your network
  • Ask research-related questions and get answers from experts
  • Share your knowledge and expertise by answering questions
  • Get stats on your work and find out who's been reading and citing it
  • Explore the latest jobs matched to your researcher profile
  • Share your preprints and other early work to get feedback from others before you publish it
JHRS Editor-in-chief

Saturday, September 2, 2023

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

JHRS indexed in ScienceOpen

Dear readers,

With great pleasure I want to inform you that Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is indexed in ScienceOpen.

What is ScienceOpen?

ScienceOpen is a discovery platform with interactive features for scholars to enhance their research in the open, make an impact, and receive credit for it. We provide context building services for publishers, to bring researchers closer to the content than ever before. Our advanced search and discovery functions, combined with post-publication peer review, recommendation, social sharing, and collection-building features make ScienceOpen the only research platform you’ll ever need.

In this occasion I would like to thank to the staff of, especially to Nina and Stuart for their efforts and unselfish support to our journal.
JHRS Editor-in-chief

Tuesday, August 1, 2023

One year of Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dear readers, respected authors and reviewers,

Today, August 1, 2023 marks exactly one year since I was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. The publisher of the journal is Alma Mater Europaea - ECM from Maribor, Slovenia, and immediately after its establishment, the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism joined. I must admit that this was a great validation of my previous more than 20 years of efforts as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation and Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities in which I selflessly invested my labor and knowledge in academic publishing. For this first birthday, we prepared a pamphlet for which I thank the editor's assistant Andrea Ivanovska for the technical preparation of it. Web administrator Blagoja Janevski, with whom we work day and night to improve the functionality of the website, update new information, etc., certainly deserves thanks. In the end, the highlighters, Prof. Dr. Ludvik Toplak and Assoc. prof. Sebastjan Kristovič who immediately accepted my idea for this new journal and selflessly invest financial resources from AMEU in the development of this new electronic journal. From the other technical and administrative staff of AMEU I am thankful to Tomaž Klojčnik, Uroš Kugl and Špela Pokeržnik.

The journal by the numbers for one year:

  • 15 papers already published,
  • 25300 visits to the website,
  • Indexed in 20 databases,
  • 24 authors,
  • 40 reviewers,
  • 32 members of the editorial board from 21 countries,
  • Papers from USA, Australia, Ireland, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia.

We continue with much passion, love and dedication to build this international magazine. The idea is to be read, quoted, indexed as much as possible and to attract attractive authors from all over the world. If you are interested in seeing our year-long growth, please visit the website at the link above and the magazine's blog. We are inviting you to submit your paper HERE.

May we have a happy first birthday on the eve of the great Macedonian national holiday ILINDEN!

JHRS Editor-in-Chief 

Sunday, July 2, 2023

Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences - promo

Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences (JHRS) is a multidisciplinary, peer reviewed, scholarly, international, electronic journal edited by the Alma Mater Europaea University - ECM from Slovenia and Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism from Macedonia.
This journal will fill the gap, inspire scientists to exchange knowledge and experience and contribute to the development of science and the profession, due to the increase in scientific connection. With this we will increase the awareness about health care, rehabilitation processes especially for people with disabilities. Our interest is to create a journal at the highest scientific level, which is why we look forward to the cooperation of research and academic institutions in these areas.

It is established on August 1st 2022, biannually journal, with tendency for publishing issues 3 times per year.
The aim of the journal is to share and disseminate knowledge between all disciplines that work in the field of developmental diversities.

The following articles will be considered for publication: original and review articles, short report, letters to the editor, clinical experiences, survey of cases, doctoral dissertations, master of arts, editorials, rapid communications and other contributions from all the fields of health sciences, rehabilitation sciences, developmental diversities, special education, psychology, social policy, and the related sciences. All articles will be critically reviewed by at least two unknown reviewers within 2 months, but longer delays are sometimes unavoidable. All manuscripts must comply with Authors Instructions. There will be around 20 articles published per year. JHRS allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is devoted to the scientific study of health disturbances and rehabilitation. The subject matter is broad and includes, but is not restricted to, findings from health, psychological, biological, educational, genetic, medical, psychiatric, and sociological studies, ethical, philosophical, and legal contributions that increase knowledge on the prevention and treatment of disability, and/or inform public policy and practice.

Peer review process is unbiased, independent, critical assessment is an intrinsic part of all scholarly work, including scientific investigation. Peer reviewers are experts in their field who are not part of the editorial staff and thus are an important extension of the scientific process. Manuscripts will be reviewed by at least 2 reviewers. Peer reviewers are asked to submit their review within two (2) weeks. All randomized controlled trials will be fast-tracked through the peer-review and editorial process and we will endeavor to publish accepted trials within 2 weeks of final acceptance.

Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences is an open access journal. All its content is available free of charge. Users can read, download, copy, distribute, print, search the full text of articles, as well as to establish HTML links to them, without having to seek the consent of the author or publisher. The journal does not charge any fees at submission, reviewing, and production stages. It uses Diamond Open Access model. Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences applies the Creative Commons 4.0 International License to works we publish, because we believe that there should be no financial barriers to access to information that can benefit health and medical practice.
Authors can deposit author’s preprint, author’s postprint (accepted version) and publisher's version (PDF) of their work in an institutional repository, subject-based and general-purpose repository, author's personal website (including social networking sites, such as ResearchGate,, etc.), and/or departmental website prior or during the submission process, at any time after the acceptance of the manuscript and at any time after publication.
Full bibliographic information (authors, article title, journal title, volume, issue, pages) about the original publication must be provided and links must be made to the article's DOI and the license.

Why to Publish in JHRS?
  • Editorial board has great experience in publishing;
  • Rapid publication;
  • Rapid availability of your document world-wide;
  • Studies show, that Open-Access papers are cited more than printed articles;
  • Fast and professional peer review. JHRS is run by a team of experienced editors who have previously worked in publishing. The professional editors work closely with academic editors and peer reviewers to provide authors with an efficient, fair, and constructive review process;
  • Quick review: The review decision will be made within two months from the date of submission.
  • Indexing of your document which can be easily found in library catalogs, OAI archives and search engines on the net.
  • Not for profit journal;
  • Liberality in terms of language: The journal will not reject a paper merely based on the language. The authors will be guided to improve the manuscript in such case.
  • We have no page charges or submission fees, and you have free use of color figures.
  • Our mission is to advance excellence in the social sciences and humanities, and our status as a scholarly publisher allows us to focus on making that a reality. We re-invest all surplus back into the global scientific community, providing ongoing support for authors, researchers, and educators in every field of health and rehabilitation sciences, psychology, and related disciplines.
JHRS asks that all authors submitting a paper register an account with Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). ORCID identifiers for all authors and co-authors should be added to the author data upon submission and will be published alongside the submitted paper, should it be accepted. ORCID registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier for the account that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives the correct credit for their work.
Please note that all submissions are thoroughly checked for plagiarism. JHRS uses Turnitin software for similarity checks.
Any manuscript that shows obvious signs of plagiarism will be automatically rejected.
In case plagiarism is discovered in a paper that has already been published by the journal, it will be retracted in accordance with the procedure described below under Retraction policy, and authors will be punished to have no another opportunity to submit an manuscript in JHRS.
JHRS is measuring the journal statistics because it is a very good way to advertising the journal. We are using social media to increase the visibility and citation of our articles.

Contact JHRS

Alma Mater Europaea University
Slovenska 17, 2000 Maribor,
Phone: +386-2-2501997; +389-2-3116-520 (234)

Friday, June 30, 2023

Exploring the Parental Experiences in the Media: A Qualitative Analysis of Articles Written by Parents of Children with Autism in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Elvira Celebic

Haris Memisevic University of Sarajevo


Aim: This paper presents a qualitative study of the experiences of parents raising children with autism, as reflected in the media. The study aimed to explore the lived experiences of parents of children with autism and the challenges they face in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Methods: A content analysis of 20 media articles featuring parents of autistic children was conducted. The articles were selected from a range of sources, including newspapers, magazines, and online news portals.
Results: We identified four major themes: supports, education, spousal relationships, and future. It should be noted that these themes are often intertwined.
Conclusion: The findings highlight the importance of providing support and resources to parents of children with autism, as well as the need for greater awareness and understanding of the challenges they face. The implications of these findings for policy and practice are discussed, and suggestions for future research are presented.

Keywords: parents, autistic children, content analysis, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Wednesday, June 28, 2023

Age of Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis and associated factors

Irena Stojanovska Institute for Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, "Ss. Cyril and Methodius" University, Skopje, Macedonia


Introduction The mean age of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis varies globally and the factors affecting it are inconsistent across populations and studies.
Aim Quantitative research was undertaken to investigate the age ASD was diagnosed and some possibly related factors, in a sample from Macedonia.
Methods A web-based survey was conducted among 103 parents of 103 individuals with ASD, from December 2021 to May 2022. Socio-demographic characteristics of parents/families and demographic and medical characteristics of individuals with ASD were reported through an anonymous questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and non-parametric inferential statistical tests were used to analyse data.
Results The median age of the ASD sample was 10 years and most individuals (47.57%) had moderately severe ASD. In 39.81% ASD was diagnosed by a psychiatrist/neuropsychiatrist, in 37.86% by several professionals, while paediatricians/developmental paediatricians were the source of diagnosis in only 2.91%. Over half of the individuals with ASD (51.46%) received the diagnosis before the age of 4, while around 17% received the diagnosis after the age of 6. The level of education of the parents, family living location, gender, current age and severity of ASD were not found to be associated with the age of diagnosis.
Conclusion Nearly 1/5 of the sample was diagnosed comparatively late ‒ at school age. However, characteristics pertaining to parents/families and to individuals with ASD, did not significantly affect the age of diagnosis. Possible influence of other, external factors (e.g., awareness and vigilance among professionals, availability of early screening programs) is acknowledged and will be included in further research.

Keywords: Autism Spectrum Disorder, diagnosis, age, severity, parents

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Rehabilitation nurses’ knowledge, experiences, and perceptions of the provision of psychological care to stroke patients: Systematic Review

Gillian Merrigan Our Lady’s Ward, Community Rehabilitation Unit, Waterford Residential Care Centre (WRCC), HSE, Waterford, Ireland. 00353-051- 848700
Louise Bennett 2. Department of Nursing and Health Care, School of Health Sciences, South East Technological University (SETU), Cork Road, Waterford City, Ireland, X91 N2FP. 00353-051- 845558


Introduction: Depression and/or anxiety is associated with sub-optimal recovery and a reduction in quality of life for patients following a stroke. However, the literature suggests that the psychological needs for patients post stroke are insufficient with poor provision of psychological services.
Aim: To examine HCPs knowledge, experiences, and perceptions of the provision of psychological care to patients post stroke.
Methods: A systematic review referenced to PRISMA guidelines was used. The studies were retrieved from six databases (CINAHL, the Cochrane Library, PubMed, Science Direct, Wiley Online library and Ovid SP). Twelve studies were included in the final analysis.
Results: Findings demonstrate that HCPs have a basic understanding of the psychological/emotional problems associated with stroke. Psychological care was identified as been given a low priority within stroke rehabilitation services and described as inconsistent, uncoordinated, and ad hoc. Barriers to providing psychological care included: poor access to specialist expertise; lack of resources and poor managerial support. Furthermore, the need for specialist supports via case discussion and reflective practice was identified.
Conclusions: This review suggests that improvements in terms of psychological care and services offered to patients post stroke is needed as is the value of support from managers to provide sufficient resources. This review has the potential to assist policymakers to understand the barriers and potential facilitators to psychological care provision to patients post stroke.

Keywords: Stroke, HCPs, rehabilitation services, knowledge, perceptions, experiences, psychological care, service improvement

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Personality traits and psychosocial adjustment in patients with limb amputation

Vana Grgurinović Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Ana Butković Department of Psychology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia


Purpose: The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the relationship between psychosocial adjustment and personality traits since research regarding psychosocial adjustment and variables that influence adjustment in patients with limb amputation is relatively scarce.
Methods: There were 63 (81% male) participants in this study. The sample consisted of 51 men and 12 women between the ages of 27 and 86 (M = 56.63, SD = 13.35). The Next Big Five Inventory (BFI 2; Soto & John, 2017) was used to assess personality traits and The Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales – Revised (TAPES-R; Gallagher & MacLachlan, 2000) was used to measure psychosocial adjustment (general adjustment, social adjustment and adjustment to limitation).
Results: Extraversion was positively and negative emotionality negatively associated with general adjustment. No significant associations were found between social adjustment and personality traits. Extraversion, agreeableness and open-mindedness correlated positively with adjustment to limitation. Similar pattern of associations was found between personality facets and general adjustment and adjustment to limitation. The strongest associations were found with negative emotionality facet depression.
Conclusions: Results indicate that personality traits are associated with psychosocial adjustment in patients with limb amputation. Since this finding can be useful for adaptation to amputation, further research in larger samples is needed.

Keywords: psychosocial adjustment, limb loss, coping, amputation, personality traits

JHRS has been indexed in ERIHPLUS

Dear JHRS readers, With great pleasure I want to inform you that JHRS has been indexed in ERIHPLUS database today. What is ERIHPLUS? ERIH P...