Sense of Life Worth Living (Ikigai) and Mortality in Japan: Ohsaki Study

  title={Sense of Life Worth Living (Ikigai) and Mortality in Japan: Ohsaki Study},
  author={Toshimasa Sone and Naoki Nakaya and Kaori Ohmori and Taichi Shimazu and Mizuka Higashiguchi and Masako Kakizaki and Nobutaka Kikuchi and Shinichi Kuriyama and Ichiro Tsuji},
  journal={Psychosomatic Medicine},
Objective: To investigate the association between the sense of “life worth living (ikigai)” and the cause-specific mortality risk. The psychological factors play important roles in morbidity and mortality risks. However, the association between the negative psychological factors and the risk of mortality is inconclusive. Methods: The Ohsaki Study, a prospective cohort study, was initiated on 43,391 Japanese adults. To assess if the subjects found a sense of ikigai, they were asked the question… 

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