Seishin Igaku Volume 52, Issue 4 (April 2010)

An Intervention Study of Intensive Naikan Therapy to Female Patients with Depression:Change in stress-coping behavior Shenghong PU 1 , Koji MIZOBE 2 , Ryuzo KAWAHARA 3 , Mari SENGOKU 1 , Kazuyuki NAKAGOME 1 1Division of Neuropsychiatry, Department of Multidisciplinary Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, Yonago, Japan 2Faculty of Psychology, Otemon Gakuin University 3Kunimi Research Institute of Integrated Medicine Keyword: Depression , Intensive Naikan therapy , Stress coping , Coping inventory for stressful situations , CISS , Female patients pp.393-400
Published Date 2010/4/15
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 It has been discovered that stress-coping behavior is relative to the onset and treatment responses of mental illnesses. We compared the stress-coping behavior of female subjects with and without depression (i.e., clinical and control, respectively) using the Japanese edition of the Coping Inventory for Stressful Situations (CISS). Furthermore, we examined by whether intensive Naikan therapy would lead to any change in the coping style of female subjects with depression. The results are as follows:In contrast to the control subjects, the clinical subjects, that is, the patients with depression showed a tendency to adopt an emotion-oriented coping style, which was positively and significantly correlated with the Self-rating Depression Scale (SDS) scores;The scores of task-oriented coping increased, while those of emotion-oriented coping decreased after intensive Naikan therapy;SDS scores decreased after intensive Naikan therapy. Overall, the results indicate that intensive Naikan therapy may bring about an improvement in female stress-coping behavior as well as depressive symptoms. They also indicate that the treatment/protective efficacies can be expected to be as effective for the treatment and prevention of possible recurrence of depression, as other well-known psychosocial treatment methods, such as interpersonal therapy, cognitive therapy, and behavioral therapy.

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52巻4号 (2010年4月)
電子版ISSN 1882-126X 印刷版ISSN 0488-1281 医学書院