Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

Living Edition
| Editors: Marc Gellman


  • Shin-ichi SuzukiEmail author
  • Asuka Tanoue
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_1242-2



Psychoeducation is a method of providing patients/clients and their families a theoretical and practical approach to understanding and coping with the consequences of their psychological disorders/problems or physical illnesses/responses.

The main goals of psychoeducation are the enhancement of adherence; improvement of illness management or stress control skills, such as early recognition of episode recurrence and development of strategies for effective coping with symptoms; improvement of social and occupational functions; and quality of life.

The role of psychoeducation encompasses not only imparting knowledge and information regarding treatment/psychological support through media such as leaflets or information web sites or feedback to individuals based on test results, but it is also characterized by active cooperation such as intervention exercises with patients and their families.

Psychoeducation may be conducted in a group including...

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References and Further Reading

  1. Cuijpers, P. (1997). Bibliotherapy in unipolar depression: A meta-analysis. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 28, 139–147.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Human SciencesGraduate School of Human Sciences, Waseda UniversityTokorozawa-shiJapan
  2. 2.Advanced Research Center for Human ScienceWaseda UniversityTokorozawaJapan

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kazuhiro Yoshiuchi
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of TokyoDepartment of Stress Sciences & Psychosomatic Medicine, Graduate School of MedicineBunkyo-kuJapan