Positive affect of insect-mediated mental healthcare program to adolescent's emotions

  • Bae, Sung-Min ;
  • Shin, Tae-Young ;
  • Jun, Young Soon ;
  • Woo, Soo-Dong
  • Received : 2015.11.11
  • Accepted : 2015.11.12
  • Published : 2015.12.31


Several insects have been shown to exert a strong influence positively on peoples' emotions. Insect-mediated mental healthcare program was designed to help meet the physical, behavioral and developmental needs of adolescents. They were provided with an insectmediated mental healthcare program for a total of 10 sessions, one session per wk, at 1 h per session, accompanied by a pre- and post-test for emotion. Significant differences and correlations were found according to the individual participants' planning, subjective quality of life, self-reported depression and self-worth, respectively. The results indicated that adolescents who participated in the insect-mediated healthcare program group once showed significant improvement in their planning, subjective quality of life and self-worth. However, most of all participants' self-reported depression was not influenced. These findings suggest that pet-insects positively affect adolescent's emotional health via an insect-mediated healthcare program.


insect;mental healthcare program;adolescents;emotions


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Grant : 심리치유용 체험 곤충 수요 분석 및 프로그램 개발