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The Mediating Effect of Drinking Behaviors on Relationship between Stress and Suicidal Ideation among Korean Adults

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2016, 12(6), pp.161-177
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Hee Jin Kim 1 Hee-Jeong Jeon 2

1명지대학교
2꽃동네대학교

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ABSTRACT

It has been reported that South Korea has the highest suicide rate among OECD member countries. This study examines the relationship between life stress and suicidal ideation and the mediating effect of drinking behavior among Korean adults. A sample of 400 Korean adults, who reside in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province aged between 20s and 60s, is analyzed. We find that life stress among Korean adults is positively associated with suicidal ideation and that relationship is partially mediated by their drinking behaviors. The other control variables such as age, debt status, and depressive mood are statistically significant in predicting the level of suicidal ideation. Based on these findings, this study suggests government interventions in order to reduce suicidal ideation such as deceasing the level of individual’s stress by regulating drinking behavior in Korea.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.