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01.12.2016 | Review | Ausgabe 1/2016 Open Access

BioPsychoSocial Medicine 1/2016

Special series on “The meaning of behavioral medicine in the psychosomatic field” establishment of a core curriculum for behavioral science in Japan: The importance of such a curriculum from the perspective of psychology

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BioPsychoSocial Medicine > Ausgabe 1/2016
Autoren:
Akihito Shimazu, Mutsuhiro Nakao
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Competing interests

The first author (A.S.) declares no competing interests. The second author (M.N.) declares no competing interests.

Authors’ contributions

The first author (AS) wrote the manuscript from a view of psychology, and the second author (MN) wrote the manuscript from a view of psychosomatic medicine. Both authors hold final responsibility for the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.

Abstract

This article discusses the core curriculum for behavioral science, from the perspective of psychology, recommended by the Japanese Society of Behavioral Medicine and seeks to explain how the curriculum can be effectively implemented in medical and health-related departments. First, the content of the core curriculum is reviewed from the perspective of psychology. We show that the curriculum features both basic and applied components and that the basic components are closely related to various aspects of psychology. Next, we emphasize two points to aid the effective delivery of the curriculum: 1) It is necessary to explain the purpose and significance of basic components of behavioral science to improve student motivation; and 2) it is important to encourage student self-efficacy to facilitate application of the acquired knowledge and skills in clinical practice.
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