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Psychiatry Res. 2018 Oct;268:373-380. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2018.07.042. Epub 2018 Jul 30.

Health risk behaviors and psychological problems among South Korean, North Korean, and other multicultural family adolescents (2011-2016).

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1
Department of Research Planning, Mental Health Research Institute, National Center for Mental Health, 127, Yongmasan-ro, Gwangin-gu, Seoul 04933, South Korea. Electronic address: subin-21@hanmail.net.
2
Department of Research Planning, Mental Health Research Institute, National Center for Mental Health, 127, Yongmasan-ro, Gwangin-gu, Seoul 04933, South Korea.

Abstract

This study was aimed to investigate the health risk behaviors and psychological problems among North Korean, other multicultural, and South Korean family adolescents. The data were collected from the Korea Youth Risk Behavior web-based survey (2011-2016) data set. A total of 17,195 adolescents (mean age 14.65 ± 0.01 years) were analyzed to compare health risk behaviors and psychological problems among the three groups. Concerning risk behaviors, multicultural family adolescents showed a higher rate of alcohol use, smoking, drug use and sexual relations compared to South Korean family adolescents. Moreover, North Korean family adolescents were more likely to experience those risk behaviors than other multicultural family adolescents. Concerning psychological problems, multicultural family youth displayed more depressed mood, and more suicidal ideation, planning, and attempts when compared with South Korean family youth. Among multicultural families, North Korean family adolescents were more depressed and showed higher suicidality. School-based education and preventive interventions are necessary to manage risk behaviors and psychological difficulties of adolescents in North Korean and other multicultural families.

KEYWORDS:

Adolescents; Health risk behaviors; Multicultural family; North Korean family; Psychological problems

PMID:
30103182
DOI:
10.1016/j.psychres.2018.07.042
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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