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The Effect of Short-term Forest Therapy Camp on Youths with Internet Addiction Risk Group: Focused on the Biological, Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Aspects
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The Effect of Short-term Forest Therapy Camp on Youths with Internet Addiction Risk Group: Focused on the Biological, Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Aspects
Chung, Ahn Soo; Choi, Sam Wook; Woo, Jong Min; Mok, Jung Yeon; Kim, Ki Weon; Park, Bum-Jin;
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This study examined the effectiveness of `Forest Therapy (FT)` from the biological, neurocognitive and psychosocial perspectives. Adolescents who were classified as potential internet addicts took part in a FT program for two (once or twice) or three days. Before and after participating the program, Serum Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), Comprehensive Attention Test (CAT), Children`s Depression Inventory (CDI), and State Anxiety Inventory (STAI) were measured. It was found that FT led to positive consequences, indicated by increased serum BDNF, improved CAT performance, reduced internet use desire, greater resilience, and better social relationship. In addition, FT was partially effective in alleviating state anxiety level, when the participants were classified in accordance with FT exposure lengths. Overall, this study provides evidence that FT reduces symptoms related to internet addiction and promotes various qualities required for well-being.
forest therapy;adolescent;internet addiction;internet gaming disorder;brain-derived neurotrophic factor;attention;
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