Horticultural Therapy (HT) is a psychological care method for treating PTSD that was developed in the United States for psychological care and social rehabilitation of disabled soldiers and war veterans diagnosed with PTSD following World War II. Although recovery among survivors is progressing incrementally in the disaster area of Tohoku, one may argue that availability of medium- to long-term psychological care for these people is important. Immediately following the earthquake, our research team provided horticultural therapy as a medium- to longterm psychological support to the survivors. The motivation behind this study is based on previous research suggesting that women are more susceptible to experiencing anxiety in post-disaster environments than men, that women are more likely to be diagnosed with Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) than men after experiencing natural disasters, and that weak social support is associated with a higher susceptibility to PTSD.
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