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Effects of an insect-mediated mental healthcare program for mentally disordered children

By YoungSoon Jun, SungMin Bae, TaeYoung Shin, SeungHee Lee, WonSeok Gwak, YongOh Ahn, InHui Kim, SeeNae Lee, DongJun Kim, TaeHo Kim, SooDong Woo

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Insects are the most diverse groups of animals on the planet, representing more than one-half of all known living organisms, and are found in nearly every environment. Recently, the importance of insects as food sources or as pets has increased in many countries, including Korea. In addition, several insects have been shown to exert a strong influence on people's emotions. Our insect-mediated mental healthcare program is designed to help meet the physical, behavioral and developmental needs of people with mental disorders. Children with mental disorders, the experimental group, were provided with an insect-mediated mental healthcare program for a total of eight sessions, one session per week, at 1-2 h per session, accompanied by a pre-test and post-test. The overall, gender, education level, and mental disease profiles of the participants in this study were balanced. Our results indicated that children who participated in the insect-mediated healthcare program group once showed significant improvement in their emotional health and insect awareness. Additionally, paired education level's t-tests showed that the outcomes of the participants in treatment group were significantly improved (alpha

Publication Title Entomological Research
Volume 46
Issue 1
Pages 85-90
ISBN/ISSN 1738-2297
Language English
Author Address Department of Neuropsychiatry, Konkuk University Chungju Hospital, Chungju, Korea Republic.sdwoo@cbnu.ac.kr
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  1. Animals
  2. APEC countries
  3. Asia
  4. Awareness
  5. Developing countries
  6. Emotions
  7. Health care
  8. Health services
  9. Humans
  10. Mammals
  11. Men
  12. Mental disorders
  13. Non-communicable diseases and injuries
  14. OECD countries
  15. Primates
  16. South Korea
  17. therapy
  18. Threshold Countries
  19. vertebrates