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COVID-19 impact on men's mental health

Submission deadline: 30 November 2021
Special Issue Editors
Areen Omary, 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

Dear Colleagues,

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

Areen Omary

Guest Editor

Men's health
Anxiety disorders
Spousal relationships
Healthcare access
Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted via our online editorial system at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to start your submission. Manuscripts can be submitted now or up until the deadline. All papers will go through peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published in the journal (as soon as accepted) and meanwhile listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, reviews as well as short communications are preferred. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office to announce on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts will be thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. Please visit the Instruction for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) in this open access journal is 1500 USD. Submitted manuscripts should be well formatted in good English.

Published Paper (7 Papers)
Open Access Original Research
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, ... Oscar Labra
J. Mens. Health 2022, 18(5), 112;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)
Open Access Original Research
Depression among Korean men during COVID-19: social media and physical activity
Young-Jae Kim, E-Sack Kim
J. Mens. Health 2022, 18(3), 068;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)
Open Access Original Research
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
J. Mens. Health 2022, 18(3), 070;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)
Open Access Original Research
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
J. Mens. Health 2021, 17(4), 62–71;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)
Open Access Original Research
Anxiety level in context of chosen pro-health attitudes of male students during COVID-19 pandemic
Dorota Ortenburger, Jacek Wąsik, Iuliia Pavlova, Dariusz Mosler
J. Mens. Health 2021, 17(4), 109–116;
(This article belongs to the Special Issue COVID-19 impact on men's mental health)
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