Therapeutic Mechanism of MBCT and Clinical Application of MBCT(Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy) Program on Chronic Depression

만성 우울증에 대한 마음챙김 기반 인지치료(MBCT)의 치료기제와 임상적 적용 효과

  • Choi, Yeon-Hee (Department of Social Welfare Counceling, Seoul Venture University) ;
  • Byun, Sang-Hae (Department of Social Welfare Counceling, Seoul Venture University)
  • 최연희 (서울벤처대학원대학교 사회복지상담학과) ;
  • 변상해 (서울벤처대학원대학교 사회복지상담학과)
  • Received : 2017.06.22
  • Accepted : 2017.07.07
  • Published : 2017.07.31


The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy(MBCT) on chronic depressed patients. MBCT has shown great effects for curing depression and proving it can also prevent the relapse of depression. In recent years in Korea, there has been ongoing MBCT research, but has not been applied as a group program to chronic depressed patients. After reviewing the research and organizing data of MBCT treatment therapy mechanism, results found that the chronic depressed patients showed positive effects from the MBCT program. This study involved 8 patients aged 40-55, measuring the level of mindfulness(FFMQ), decentering, rumination, and depression symptoms before and after treatment from the MBCT program. The results indicate that there was a significant increase in FFMQ(mean change score=1.37, p<0.05) and decentering(mean change score=1.00, p<0.05), while there was a significant decrease in rumination(mean change score=-0.67, p<0.05) and BDI(mean change score=-9.5, p<0.05). These results have been continued during the 6 months. The MBCT program has prevented the relapse of depression, acting as a maintenance therapy.




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