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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2013;22(1):1-11.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2013.22.1.1    Published online March 31, 2013.
Effects of a Stress Relief Program on Burden, Anxiety, Depression, and Stress Response in Family Members of Patients with Mental Illness.
Gongju Chai, Unsuk Nam, Dohwa Byun
1Chuncheon National Hospital, Chuncheon, Korea. princess2308@daum.net
2Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea.
3Kangwon National University, Samcheok, Korea.
Abstract
PURPOSE
The aim of the present study was to examine the effects of a stress relief program on burden, anxiety, depression and stress response in family members of patients with mental illness. METHODS: A quasi-experimental study using a non-equivalent comparison group pretest and posttest design was used. Participants were family members of patients with mental illness at a mental health center in C city (15 in the experimental group and 17 in the comparison group). The program was provided for 90-100 minutes/session once a week, for 8 weeks. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, chi2-test and Mann-Whitney U-test. RESULTS: After a stress relief program, we found statistically significant decreases in burden, depression and stress response for the experimental group. But there was no significant decrease in anxiety. CONCLUSION: These findings suggest that stress relief program combining disease education and therapeutic recreation could reduce burden, depression and stress response in family members of patients with mental illness.
Key Words: Burden; Anxiety; Depression; Stress response


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