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Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health
Human behavior cannot yet be unraveled by the analysis of higher brain functions alone. We must also consider the huge impacts on the human mind of culture and cultural history, individual life histories, and social environments. Against this background, psychiatric nursing and mental healthcare can be used to clarify the mechanisms of the mind that produce barriers to human relationships, developmental problems, and difficulties in living in ways that achieve self-realization. Our major research theme involves conducting joint trials of the provision of support to enable better mental health and social living. We also explore what we can do to help everyone live with better mental health.

 
 
Research and Education
We are in charge of psychiatric nursing and mental healthcare targeting mental problems across a wide range of human health sciences. In graduate school education we are in charge of psychiatric nursing theory, clinical practice, and practicums. In addition to psychiatric illnesses, our research examines phenomena that reflect modern society, such as subclinical depression, suicide, bullying, social withdrawal, and abuse. Dr. M. Hiroshima uses her clinical experience to conduct surveys and analyses of the care of the many people with mental difficulties and ways of dealing with them; she also investigates how these people can be supported to help them connect socially from a nursing perspective. Dr. N. Konishi considers the effect of nursing as a change in human affect and is attempting to capture this in a study of brain activity using brain waves or NIRS (near-infrared spectroscopy).
The subjects of our studies range from toddlers to the aged, of both sexes. The mental problems of people from birth to death are approached from various perspectives, and mental issues in all social settings are studied. Moreover, we conduct surveys and research with respect to psychiatric support and team medicine, which is essential to advanced medical care. Our aim is to train medical personnel who can aid a wide variety of people mentally.


Psychiatric Nursing and Mental Health
Associate
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Mayo Hiroshima
Assistant
 Professor


Nami Konishi
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Research scenery
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Recent Publications
1. Amagai M, Suzuki M, Shibata F: Development of an instrument to measure self-efficacy for social participation of people with mental illness. Arch Psychiatr Nurs (in press)
2. Okubo S, Yokoyama K, Suzuki M, Tani I, Ikeda W, Kitamura F: Difficulties in receiving a medical consultation among japanese workers with mental health problems. J Occup Health (in press)
3. Suzuki M, Tachimori H, Saito M, Koyama T, Kurita H : Development of a screening scale for high-functioning pervasive developmental disorders using the Tokyo Child Development Schedule and Tokyo Autistic Behavior Scale. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2011: 5: 843-854.
4. Suzuki M : Mental development and autistic behavior in children with pervasive developmental disorders. Res Autism Spectr Disord. 2011: 5: 1517–1525.
5. Suzuki M, Amagai M, Shibata F, Tsai J : Factors related to self-efficacy for social participation of people with mental illness. Arch Psychiatr Nur. 2011: 25: 359–365.
6. Konishi N : Suggestion for Practical Education at Self-help Group for Dependency. 10th Congress of Japanese Society for Study in Addiction Nursing. 2011.10.2, Tsukuba, Japan.
7. Kitamura F, Yokoyama K, Suzuki M,Ikeda W : Support and Intervention to Employees with Early Metal Health Problems in Japan. 13th International Neurotoxicology Association Meeting and 11th International Symposium on Neurobehavioral Synmposium on Neurobehavioral Methods and Effects in Occupational and Environmental Health. 2011.6.5-10, Xi'an,China.
8. Suzuki M, Kasai S : The Internal World of the Patient with the New Type of Depression. 20th World Congress of World Association for Social Psychiatry. 2010.10.23-27, Marrakech, Morocco.
9. Suzuki M , Amagai M, Shimizu C, Nitta M, Takahashi M, F Shibata F : Self-Efficacy for Social Participation of People with Psychiatric Disabilities and its Connection to Economic Conditions and Level of Life Functional Independence. 20th World Congress of World Association for Social Psychiatry. 2010.10.23-27, Marrakech, Morocco.
10. Amagai M, Suzuki M, Shimizu C, Nitta M, Takahashi M, Shibata F : Examination of the Reliability and Criterion-related Validity of the Short Version of Self-Efficacy for Social Participation for People with Psychiatric Disabilities Scale. 20th World Congress of World Association for Social Psychiatry. 2010.10.23-27, Marrakech, Morocco.