Correlates of Depressive Symptoms in Married Immigrant Women in Korea

Gwang Suk Kim, Bongjeong Kim, Sun Sook Moon, Chang gi Park, Yoon Hee Cho

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Purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify the correlates of depressive symptoms among women who have immigrated to Korea for marriage. Design and Sample: Cross-sectional data reflecting Korean language fluency, acculturation, acculturative stress, general stress, and marital satisfaction were collected from 223 married immigrant women. Findings: There was a significant negative correlation between depressive symptoms and Korean language fluency as well as between depressive symptoms and Korean acculturation. Multiple linear regression revealed that depressive symptoms among married immigrant women were predicted by levels of acculturative stress, general stress, marital satisfaction, and type of household. The model including each of these variables accounted for 41.9% of the variance in depressive symptoms in these women. Conclusions: Prevention programs for the management of depression in immigrant women should include an evaluation of acculturative conflict and stress and should consider marital and family conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-161
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (KRF-2008-313-E00666).

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  • General Nursing


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