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The Comparison Study of Nurses’Exhaustion and Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, and Impulsivity
Korean J Stress Res 2019;27:17-22
Published online March 31, 2019
© 2019 Korean Society of Stress Medicine.

Youn Sil Kim1 , Namhee Kim2 , Ji Hee Wee3 , Beck Hee Chang1 , Jung Ae Park1 , Myung Ho Lim4

1Department of Nursing, Doowon Technical University, Anseong,
2Center for Happiness Studies,
3Oh Child Psychiatric Clinic, Suwon,
4Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy, College of Health Science, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea
Correspondence to: Myung Ho Lim Department of Psychology and Psychotherapy, College of Health Science, Dankook University, 119 Dandae-ro, Cheonan 31116, Korea Tel: +82-41-550-3263 Fax: +82-41-559-7852 E-mail:
Received November 20, 2018; Revised January 15, 2019; Accepted January 16, 2019.
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This study aimed to evaluate the comparison of exhaustion, ADHD, self-esteem, impulsivity, suicidal tendencies and quality of life as well as depression and anxiety in nurses group and comparison group in Korea.


A set of questionnaires was provided to a total of 97 nurses and 310 other participants as a comparison group. All subjects were evaluated using the Beck’s Depression Inventory, Beck’s Anxiety Inventory, Maslach Burnout Inventory, Korean Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Scales, Rosenberg’s Self-esteem Inventory, Baratt’ Impulsivity Scale, Beck’s Scale of Suicide Ideation, and Quality of Life Scale.


The results of this study indicated that the nurses were more likely to show depression, anxiety, exhaustion, impulsivity, and quality of life. In the multiple regression analysis, nurses group was the most correlated factor in exhaustion. In addition, anxiety, depression, impulsivity, ADHD, self-esteem, and life satisfaction were also correlated to exhaustion.


Timely and effective evaluation and treatment of impulsivity, as well as depression and anxiety were required for nurses.

Keywords : Nurses, Exhaustion, Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Impulsivity

June 2019, 27 (2)

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