Predictive factors of depression among Asian female marriage immigrants in Korea

Jung A. Kim, Sook Ja Yang, Kyoung Ja Kwon, Jee Hee Kim

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This study investigated the prevailing rate of depression in female marriage immigrants in Korea and the predictive factors of their rates of depression. The study included 316 foreign female marriage immigrant participants. Four instruments yielded the data: the Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale and Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and questionnaires regarding the participants' Korean language ability and demographic data. The survey scales were translated into Korean, Vietnamese, Chinese, and English. The data collection was conducted by a face-to-face interview and translators were used when needed. The female marriage immigrants were found to have higher depression rates than women in the general Korean population. The predictive factors of depression for the female marriage immigrants included their country of origin, Korean speaking ability, and family support. Far more depression was found to occur in the Chinese participants, while the rate of depression was lower in those with competent Korean speaking ability and family support. An exploration of strategies to improve the speaking ability and family support of female marriage immigrants will be necessary in order to decrease their incidence of depression and the strategies should be differentiated based on the female marriage immigrants' country of origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2011


  • Depression
  • Immigration
  • Korea
  • Language barriers
  • Social support


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