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Efficacy of Life Analytic Counseling for Reducing Depression in Undergraduates: Focusing on the Relationship among Depression, Rumination, and Resilience

[Speaker] Matsumoto, Mayuko:1
[Co-author] Nakashima, Naoko:2
1:Kobe Shinwa Women's University (Japan), 2:Sugiyama Jogakuen University (Japan)

The present study examines the efficacy of life analytic counseling (LAC) for reducing depressive tendencies in undergraduates. Study 1 examined the efficacy of LAC for reducing depression. Subjects were divided into two groups: one group participated in an LAC program for 8 weeks (N = 32) and the other was a no-treatment control group (N = 69). Participants completed a questionnaire measuring depression before and after the program. The results suggested that the program was extremely effective in reducing the students' depression. Study 2 examined certain variables that may predict the effect of this program on depression, including cognitive and behavioral variables such as rumination and resilience. The results indicated that the reported frequency of rumination and resilience measured pre-intervention predicted the effectiveness of the program.
Thus, we argue that LAC is useful for reducing and preventing depression.
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