Linking Traumatic Childhood Experiences to the Physical Health of Korean Adolescents in Out-of-Home Care through Depression and Anxiety

Hyunah Kang, Ick Joong Chung, Jong Serl Chun, Choong Rai Nho, Seokjin Woo

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Abstract

The main purpose of this study is to assess whether the physical health of Korean adolescents in out-of-home care is affected directly by traumatic childhood experiences and/or indirectly through depression and anxiety. Study participants are 460 adolescents who are included in the first and second wave of the Panel Study on Korean Children in Out-of-Home Care. The data are analyzed using structural equation modeling. Our structural model finds no direct effects of traumatic experiences on physical health. Among the two types of trauma experiences, namely, family instability and violence experiences, only violence experiences affect physical health indirectly through depression and anxiety. Based on the results, practice implications for Korean adolescents in care are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)122-130
Number of pages9
JournalSocial Work in Public Health
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 17 Feb 2017

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Keywords

  • Traumatic childhood experiences
  • adolescents in out-of-home care
  • depression and anxiety
  • physical health of adolescents

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