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Factors Influencing Depression among Firefighters - Focusing on Stress, Alcohol, and Suicidal Thoughts -

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2020, 16(11), pp.95-104
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2020.16.11.95
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : October 29, 2020
  • Accepted : November 16, 2020
  • Published : November 30, 2020

jeon mi kyong 1 Shin Eun Hee 1

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ABSTRACT

This is a descriptive research to identify the relationship between stress, alcohol, suicidal thoughts and depression, as well as other factors influencing depression of firefighters. The SPSS program was used to run a regression analysis to determine the effects of the subject’s stress level, alcohol consumption and suicidal thoughts on depression. Stress level and suicidal thoughts were found as significant factors influencing depression of firefighters, with the explainatory power of 69.1%. It is also found that the higher the stress and the more suicidal thoughts, the higher the level of depression. Therefore, the early detection of depression as well as management and treatment in connection with local mental health centers could lower suicidal thoughts in firefighters. There is a need for continuous attention to develop mental health programs in consideration of the job characteristics of firefighters and institutional plans for suicide prevention and mental health promotion.

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