Yasuhiro Kotera

Yasuhiro Kotera
University of Nottingham | Notts · School of Health Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy
Researching the mental health personal recovery cross-culturally

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Introduction
My current research interests include ikigai, self-compassion, intrinsic motivation, and cross-cultural psychology. I use both quantitative and qualitative to explore these interests. I am currently working on intervention studies and cross-cultural studies to see the effects of those variables on mental health. As a father of newly-born triplets, I am also exploring experience of triplets' parents cross-culturally.
Additional affiliations
December 2021 - present
University of Nottingham
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2014 - present
University of Derby
Position
  • Academic Lead
Education
June 2019 - April 2021
University of Derby
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 2016 - May 2017
University of Derby
Field of study
  • Education
September 2010 - December 2012

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Publications (194)
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Negative attitudes and shame towards mental health problems are detrimental to our mental health. An established scale of measure for mental health attitudes and shame is the Attitudes Towards Mental Health Problems Scale (ATMHPS), comprising 35 items. This comprehensive instrument evaluates Community/Family Attitudes, Community/Family External Sha...
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Psychological stress has become a major concern, potentially leading to diverse health problems including psychopathology such as depression and anxiety. Transactional Model of Stress and Coping is an established model, conceptualizing stressful experiences via person- environment relationship. This cross-sectional study aimed to explore the pathwa...
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Though the importance of mental health education has been emphasised, how learning about mental health helps the learners’ mental health remains to be evaluated. Accordingly, this study aimed to appraise the mental health effects of online mental health classes in a controlled before-after study with a one-month follow-up. The Depression, Anxiety a...
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The number of Indonesian students in higher education has been increasing rapidly. Many Indo-nesian university students, however, report experiencing mental distress. Research in student wellbeing found that self-compassion (i.e. being kind towards oneself in challenging times) and academic engagement (i.e. a commitment and purposeful effort toward...
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Complex post-traumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) may develop following interpersonal and cumulative traumatic events, usually during early development. In addition to the core PTSD symptom profile, CPTSD presents emotional dysregulation symptoms that can be resistant to conventional treatments. Compassion-focused therapy (CFT) may be an effective int...
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Neuro-Linguistic Programming, NLP, has been actively practised for almost a half-century. However, the science of NLP has been stagnant for decades, and ethical challenges in research and practice have been reported. This commentary raises specific ethical challenges NLP encounters, relating to the definition, boundaries with other approaches, and...
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Although parents of triplets experience substantial mental distress, research about this increasing population has primarily focused on physical health risks of triplets and mothers, failing to capture the subjective wellbeing of parents. Accordingly, this study aimed to understand first-hand experience of parents of triplets, using thematic analys...
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Background Disaster relief operations involve a variety of components of healthcare efforts. The post-disaster recovery is a key component of hospital preparedness. This study aimed to investigate the role of hospital nurses in the disaster area and their challenges during the relief efforts after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. Methods S...
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Although mental health is a global agenda today, how cultures relate to mental health differently remains to be evaluated. One cultural dimension that can affect mental health is collectivism vs individualism. In collectivistic societies, groups’ needs are generally prioritised over individuals’, whereas it is the other way around in individualisti...
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Citation Xu, A., Rawson, R. & Kotera, Y. (2022). Supporting student success in online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic: Learning design perspective. Interdisciplinary Journal of Student Success.
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This study aimed to examine the relationships between mental wellbeing and positive psychological constructs in therapeutic students (psychotherapy and occupational therapy students). The number of therapeutic students has increased recently, however they suffer from poor mental health, which may be improved by potentiating their positive psycholog...
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Many people experience feelings of inferiority in their life. The concept of striving to avoid inferiority is a belief associated with the unwanted fear of being overlooked, missing out on opportunities for advancement, and active rejection. This study examined the effect of striving to avoid inferiority on mental health and well-being. We hypothes...
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COVID-19 has impacted the mental health of the general public negatively, associated with preventative measures, restricting life activities. These restrictions, such as the stay-at-home strategy, have resulted in heightened stress, depression, loneliness, substance abuse and domestic violence, violating people’s occupational and personal lives. Du...
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Objectives The specific objectives of the study are to examine the mental health (depression and anxiety) of the first generation of post-Taliban government and compare these measures with its preceding generation, and to assess war experience of the first generation of post-Taliban government. We also wanted to assess the daily stressors and their...
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Although the negative impact of COVID-19 on the wellbeing of the university staff has been reported, the existing literature primarily focused on academic staff. The purpose of this field note is to offer insights about non-academic staff and report how we have responded to the wellbeing challenge. The role of ‘Wellbeing Promoter’ was established i...
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Background Afghanistan, a low-income landlocked country, is continuously suffering from domestic war and conflicts; the country struggles to provide quality healthcare services, including affordable medicinal products in the required quantity. Moreover, the quality standards of domestic pharmaceutical companies have not been established yet. One of...
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This case report shows that there is a lack of a legal framework in Japan to protect patients' right during the end‐of‐life period, which hinders the implementation of ACP in medical practice. This report suggests that legal support can contribute to the advancement of ACP while addressing cultural differences. Advance Care Planning has been widely...
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High rates of mental health problems are a growing concern in Czech higher education; negatively impacting on students' performance and wellbeing. Despite the serious nature of poor mental health; students often do not seek help due to negative attitudes and shame for mental health problems. Recent mental health research reports self-compassion is...
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Although students in education have high rates of mental health problems, many of them do not ask for help, which can exacerbate their symptoms. One reason for their low help-seeking is shame associated with mental health problems. As education students aspire to provide care for chil-dren, they may feel ashamed to care for themselves as the role i...
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Objectives: Awareness and perceptions of financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) between pharmaceutical companies (Pharma) and healthcare domains remain unclear in Japanese cancer patient communities. This study aimed to assess awareness (RQ1), the influence of FCOI on physician trustworthiness (RQ2), and their perception (RQ3) among the Japanese c...
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The current commentary takes a closer look at the issue of mass shootings in the United States and the stigma experienced by those with a serious mental illness. Mental illness is not a predictor of gun violence. However, false assumptions of mental illness only reinforce the negative belief that individuals who have mental illness are dangerous an...
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It is estimated that between 3 and 15% of people suffer from specific phobias in their lifetime. Typical treatments can be lengthy and distressing. Parts negotiation, an adaptation of the parts therapy approach in hypnotherapy, was suggested as a shorter, less distressing treatment option. However, clients’ experience of this therapy has yet to be...
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Sustainability is an essential component of education today, as it is regarded as a global requirement in higher education. Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we have witnessed a rapid increase in healthcare student numbers within the online learning department of our university. While the importance of sustainability is recognised, how to educate thi...
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The Japanese construct of ikigai reflects a sense of having ‘purpose in life’ or a ‘reason for living and has been associated with a variety of positive health outcomes. However, to date little research into ikigai exists within Western populations. This study explored the predictive power of ikigai for measures of well-being, depression, and anxie...
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(1) Introduction: Most educational institutions around the world have shifted from traditional face-to-face to online education amid COVID-19. This change may particularly impact medical students, whose education is heavily influenced by clinical learning experiences. Accordingly, we investigated medical students’ perceptions about positive and neg...
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Kotera, Y. (2020). Forest bathing and mental health: Possibility for addiction treatment. The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity Annual Conference 2022, Online (February 12, 2022). Invited Speech
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Shinrin-yoku (forest-bathing), immersing oneself in nature using one's senses, has been receiving increased attention internationally. While most of the existing studies have focused on physical health, this systematic review and meta-analysis examined the mental health benefits of shinrin-yoku (i.e., depression, anxiety, anger), using the PRISMA g...
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Objectives The detrimental impacts of abuse on victims’ well-being are well documented globally, including Japan. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may increase the incidence of abuse in the community, creating an additional burden amid the crisis. However, the incidence of abuse in Japan during COVID-19 remains to be evaluated. Accordingly, our study...
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The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the mental health of healthcare workers in many countries including Japan. While many survey-based findings have reported the serious state of their wellbeing among healthcare workers, the first-hand experience of the mental health and coping in this population remains to be evaluated. Accordingly, this...
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Seeking professional help for psychological distress is generally associated with improved outcomes and lower levels of distress. Given the saliency of religious teachings, it has been shown that aspects of Christian belief may influence adherents’ attitudes towards mental health help-seeking. Based on existing research on American Evangelicals, it...
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Accepted Manuscript Accepted 14 May 2021 Systematic review: self-monitoring of blood glucose in patients with Type 2 Diabetes Abstract Aims The benefit of self-monitoring of blood glucose (SMBG) in the reduction of HbA1c in non-insulin-treated participants remains unclear. HbA1c may be improved in this population with SMBG. We aimed to investigate...
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Online learning has given access to education for diverse populations including students with disabilities. In our university, the ratio of students with disabilities is substantially higher in the online programmes than face-to-face. Online learning provides high accessibility though it can result in a lonely experience. Accordingly, this study ai...
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[Journal of Ecopsychology: https://joe.nationalwellbeingservice.com/volumes/volume-1-2021/volume-1-article-5/] While wellbeing research about green and blue nature has been advanced in recent years, other types of nature remain to be evaluated. One of them relates to volcanoes, which we refer to as ‘red nature’. In this short paper, we reflect on...
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As the importance of mental health has started to be recognised in the last decade in the United Kingdom, mental health support in the country has been strengthened involving diverse services and teams such as primary care, local community mental health teams and crisis teams. While the current structure appears to support all levels of mental heal...
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Despite the well-known mental health difficulties of social work students such as high levels of mental health problems and shame, and low levels of self-compassion, effective interventions remain to be evaluated. Moreover, while the levels of mental health constructs vary cross-culturally, how cultures impact the mental health has not been apprais...
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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spread rapidly since it was first identified in December 2019. A nation-level lockdown has been implemented in many countries, affecting workers of all sectors and forcing many to work from home. In this commentary, we discuss mental health difficulties that working from home might cause on non-key workers,...
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Self-compassion has been identified as a protective factor against body image concerns, but the relationship has not been explored in women in the menopausal transition, when body image perceptions may be particularly vulnerable. Women in the UK (N = 248) self-reported on levels of body appreciation, body preoccupation, self-compassion and mental d...
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Issues Addressing opioid use disorder (OUD) among pregnant women is of growing importance, and substance use treatment positively impacts outcomes for mother and baby. Understanding substance use treatment experiences is important to improve access, and retention, and no review or synthesis of research addressing the treatment experiences of pregna...
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Influenza vaccination is necessary to reduce severe influenza complications, especially in immunocompromised people such as cancer patients. However, few studies have examined influenza vaccination uptake among adult Japanese patients with cancer; their attitudes toward vaccination, as well as factors related to vaccine hesitancy, are unclear. From...
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This case report presents one important aspect of promoting ACP in Japanese culture, which is different from Western cultures. The report suggests the possibility that legal support contributes to the promotion of ACP, while considering differences in cultural contexts.
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Online therapy has been increasingly utilised during the COVID-19 pandemic by many including working populations. However, few qualitative studies have explored how online therapy is ex-perienced in practice, and discussed its implications for those working clients. Semi-structured interviews attended by nine integrative psychotherapists practising...
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Academic motivation is recognised as a key factor for academic success and wellbeing. Highly motivated students actively engage with academic activities and maintain higher levels of wellbeing. Despite the importance of motivation in education, its relationship with engagement and wellbeing remains to be evaluated. Accordingly, this study explored...
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The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic spread rapidly since it was first identified in December 2019. A nation-level lockdown has been implemented in many countries, affecting workers of all sectors and forcing many to work from home. In this commentary, we discuss mental health difficulties that working from home might cause on non-key workers,...
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The unprecedented and uncertain times of the COVID-19 pandemic have changed our lifestyles significantly, with lockdowns and social distancing measures in place to reduce virus transmission. These changes have likely had a negative effect on our wellbeing, and have been associated with increased stress, anxiety, and depression. During these unfores...
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Call for papers: Today, mental health is regarded as an important aspect of human life in many societies. For example, the British government published the ‘No health without mental health’ policy in 2011, emphasizing the importance of mental health to our wellbeing. Likewise, the Japanese government implemented a new policy to reform people’s work...
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Working from home (WFH) has been associated with increased levels of job burnout; a psycho-physiological outcome of experiencing intense or extended periods of work-related stress. Individuals with higher levels of self-compassion have been shown to mitigate the effects of stress by reducing the negative affect associated with stressful situations....
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Police work is a high-risk profession that can cause mental health conditions. With increasing sickness levels and falling police numbers, it is essential prompt mental health treatment be implemented. The study aims to explore institutional negativity and stigma in the police force toward mental ill health. Semi-structured interviews attended by f...
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Objective: Shame contains external and internal aspects. However, a Japanese language scale for simultaneously assessing both aspects of shame has not been developed to date. This study aimed to standardize the Japanese version of the External and Internal Shame Scale (EISS-J). An online survey was conducted among university students (N = 203) at...
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End-of-life advance care planning (ACP) has become increasingly important in home care setting. In facilitating ACP discussion in home care setting, accurate understanding of patients’ survival would be beneficial because it would facilitate healthcare professionals to individualize ACP discussion. However, little is known about survival outcome of...
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Self-compassion recognises a meaning of life's suffering, aligning with existential positive psy-chology. Although this construct is known to protect our mental health, how to augment self-compassion remains to be evaluated. Social work students suffer from high rates of mental health problems, however research into self-compassion in this populati...
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The 85th Annual Convention for the Japanese Psychological Association. 日本心理学会 第85回大会 Recorded. Followed by a symposium. https://confit.atlas.jp/guide/event/jpa2021/top
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An interim project report assessing the relationship between mathematics anxiety, enjoyment, shame, resilience, motivation, subject norm and performance. This report is based on cross-country comparisons involving secondary school students in Pakistan, Iran, and Uganda. Suggested citation: Hunt, T. E, Muwonge, C. M., Ashraf, F., Ansanjarani, F.,...
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Humour in education for counselling and psychotherapy is essential, particularly interventions that are pertinent to deep emotions and experiences such as trauma. Exposure Therapy has been actively employed for various symptoms and contexts including traumatic experiences, phobias and anxiety. Teaching this therapy often involves tragic events, the...
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Objectives Financial conflicts of interest (FCOI) between pharmaceutical companies (Pharma) and healthcare domains may unduly influence physician-led clinical practice and patient-centered care. However, the extent of awareness and perceptions of FCOI among Japanese cancer patients remains unclear. This study aimed to assess these factors and their...
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The role of police officers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is challenging, faced with the difficult task of keeping communities safe and preventing the spread of COVID-19 while putting their physical and mental health at risk. Emerging evidence points to the stress experiences of officers during the COVID-19 pandemic. With cases now sur...
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Objective Self-medication with antibiotics (SMA) is a common cause of antibiotic resistance, a major public health problem. Designing effective interventions, by exploring prevalence and factors influencing SMA, is crucial, particularly in low and middle-income countries like Afghanistan. This research aimed to identify the prevalence of SMA and ex...
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Introduction Understanding the social networks of professionals in psychiatric hospitals and communities working with persons with Alzheimer’s (PWA) disease helps tackle the flow of knowledge in patient care and the centrality of team members in providing information and advice to colleagues. Objectives To use Social Network Analysis (SNA) to conf...
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This study explores managing strategic accounts for co-creation of value, and the utility of management input to account plans and empowering account managers. In recent years, managing strategic accounts (SA) has progressed towards relationship-building with customer relationship management (CRM) and use of service-dominant logic (SDL) for co-crea...
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Keynote speech at the East Midlands Doctoral Network event. 12 June 2021
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The boundary between mindfulness and forest bathing, two conceptually related therapies, is un-clear. Accordingly, this study reports the strengths and challenges, similarities and differences, and barriers and facilitators for both. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven trained and experienced practitioners of both mindfulness and f...
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The COVID-19 pandemic saw a large-scale change in how work was performed with a rapid move to working from home where possible to support public health restrictions. This short article is based on the first author's TV interview in 'The Agenda' on the CGTN Europe (2021), discussing the psychological impacts of this transition, with suggestions on h...
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Instagram is one of the most popular photo sharing social networking platforms used by the younger population. However, research exploring the socio-psychological impact of this platform on younger populations is scarce. It is particularly important to assess how Instagram affects perceptions of body image in female populations who make up the majo...
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Background: A large body of research supports the central importance of religious and spiritual belief systems for personal wellbeing. Many religious communities hold beliefs about the causes and suitable treatments for mental health conditions, which can influence how an individual experiences their mental health, as well as the likelihood of seek...
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Given the rising diagnostic rates of autism, it is imperative to investigate the well-being of families with autistic children. Families of autistic children report more mental health difficulties than families of typically developing children. Resilience is identified as a key protective factor for mental health difficulties in many populations, a...
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The negative impact of the coronavirus disease outbreak 2019 (COVID-19) on work mental health is reported in many countries including Germany and South Africa: two culturally distinct countries. This study aims to compare mental health between the two workforces to appraise how cultural characteristics may impact their mental health status. A cross...
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Importance: Social isolation can have a negative impact on well-being, and this is especially true for adolescents. Purpose: To explore how pre-university students in Singapore are coping with social isolation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: Thematic analysis of in-depth semi-structured interviews attended by six pre-university students (...
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Online education has been regarded as a lifeline for many education institutions during the COVID-19 pandemic, offering students a means to advance their education and career. While face-to-face teaching universities convert their education curricula to the online settings, many institutions lack effective online teaching strategies, leading to red...