Gender differences in relations of smoking status, depression, and suicidality in Korea: Findings from the Korea national health and nutrition examination survey 2008–2012

Korean Smoking Cessation Study Group

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Abstract

Objective As mental health problems may play an important role in initiating and maintaining cigarette smoking in females and there are an increasing number of female smokers, we evaluated the relationship between smoking status and mental health problems including depression and suicide ideation in women in Korea. Methods We analyzed the 5-year cumulative data (19 years of age or older, n=32,184) from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) conducted from 2008 to 2012. Logistic regression analyses were used to evaluate associations between cigarette smoking status and mental health parameters while controlling for potentially confounding variables. Results Among current smokers, females showed higher lifetime prevalence in having a depressive episode, a doctor-diagnosed major depression, a current diagnosis of depression, or receiving treatment for depression in comparison with males. In addition, females were more likely to report on having a depressive episode, suicidal ideation and attempts, and psychiatric counselling within the previous year, as compared to males. Female former smokers showed intermediate characteristics in parameters of mental health status within the previous year, ranking between lifetime non-smokers and the current smokers. Conclusion Identifying the factors related to mental health status among current smokers can increase opportunities for an early intervention and help reduce the prevalence of smoking and increase smoking cessation rates particularly in females. Developing adaptive coping strategies other than smoking in female youth is potentially important in reducing the initiation of smoking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)239-246
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Investigation
Volume13
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2016

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Female smokers
  • Gender differences
  • Suicidality
  • Tobacco smoking

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