Perceived Benefits of and Barriers to Disclosure of Depressive Feelings: An Exploratory Study Using Semantic Network Analysis

Lee Hannah, An Soontae

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to explore the benefits of and barriers to disclosing one’s depressive feelings to others. In particular, this study contrasts the barriers to face-to-face communication of depressive feelings with the benefits of using Mobile Instant Messaging (MIM). Methods: A total of 300 South Koreans participated in an online survey about their perceptions of disclosing depressive feelings. Paired t-tests, one-way ANOVA, and linear regression were used to examine the effect of demographic characteristics on the tendency to disclose depressive feelings. A semantic network analysis was conducted with open-ended responses to explore the proposed barriers and benefits. Results: Barriers to expressing depressive feelings in face-to-face communication were observed, while benefits of using MIM were revealed. More importantly, while the perception of social norms was a major barrier to disclosing depressive feelings in face-to-face communication, it was a benefit of disclosing depressive feelings via MIM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-583
Number of pages13
JournalKorean Journal of Adult Nursing
Volume32
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2020

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Disclosure
  • Mental health
  • Semantics
  • Text messaging

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