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Title: Improving affective symptomatology and hormonal alterations with mindfulness and acceptance VR-program
Author: Casas Boj, Marc
Tutor: Valero-Cabré, Antoni  
Keywords: psychoneuroendocrinology
coping strategies
HPA axis
Issue Date: 29-May-2022
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: This project aims to contribute more evidence to understand the bidirectionality between the nervous and endocrine systems and the potential of this knowledge to improve the treatment of psychoneuroendocrine disorders in women more effectively. Specifically, this research proposal aims to assess whether there is a significant correlation between the incidence and prevalence of depressive and anxiety disorders in women of menstrual age and alterations in the neuroendocrine system. First of all, it will be observed if there is comorbidity between the symptomatological expression in these disorders and alterations at the hormonal and neuroendocrine level and the differences between men and women. Second, it is intended to analyse whether there is bidirectionality between the psychoemotional state and the neuroendocrine state so that hormonal alterations and changes in the HPA axis are modulated through psychological treatment. To do this, psychometric tests will be used to measure anxious (STAI) and depressive (HDRS) symptomatology, as well as the coping strategies used (CRI-A) and stress reactivity (IRE-32) in situations perceived as stressful; and tests to assess the status of the HPA axis (MRI) and the existence of hormonal changes (hormonal analyses). To evaluate the effectiveness of the psychological treatment, a design composed of two experimental groups and a control group will be carried out, where one group will receive a treatment based on VR-Mindfulness and the other a therapy based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The control group will not receive any treatment. With these results and evaluating the bidirectionality between both systems, it is intended to know the effectiveness of a Mindfulness-based Virtual Reality program for the clinical improvement of both disorders compared to CBT, which has already shown its efficacy in previous studies.
Language: English
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