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Effectiveness of the Relaxation Response-Based Group Intervention for Treating Depressed Chinese American Immigrants: A Pilot Study

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Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, 151 Merrimac St., Boston, MA 02114, USA
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South Cove Community Health Center, 885 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, USA
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Depression Clinical and Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital, 1 Bowdoin Square, Boston, MA 02114, USA
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Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 25 Shattuck St., Boston, MA 02115, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(9), 9186-9201; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph110909186
Received: 5 June 2014 / Revised: 15 August 2014 / Accepted: 1 September 2014 / Published: 5 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Migrant Health)
Background: This study examined the feasibility, safety and efficacy of an 8-week Relaxation Response (RR)-based group. Methods: Twenty-two depressed Chinese American immigrants were recruited. Outcomes measures were response and remission rates, the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, Clinical Global Impressions Scale, Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire, and the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support Scale. Results: Participants (N = 22) were 82% female, mean age was 53 (±12). After intervention, completers (N = 15) showed a 40% response rate and a 27% remission rate, and statistically significant improvement in most outcome measures. Discussion: The RR-based group is feasible and safe in treating Chinese American immigrants with depression. View Full-Text
Keywords: depression; Chinese; relaxation response; mind-body; group intervention depression; Chinese; relaxation response; mind-body; group intervention
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Yeung, A.; Slipp, L.E.; Niles, H.; Jacquart, J.; Chow, C.-L.; Fava, M.; Denninger, J.W.; Benson, H.; Fricchione, G.L. Effectiveness of the Relaxation Response-Based Group Intervention for Treating Depressed Chinese American Immigrants: A Pilot Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 9186-9201.

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