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KyungIm Kang 2 Articles
Risk Factors Influencing Frequency of Suicidal Ideation in Korean Middle School Students: Applying Zero-Inflated Negative Binomial Regression Model
KyungIm Kang, Chanhee Kim, Jaewon Joung
STRESS. 2019;27(3):232-239.   Published online September 30, 2019
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17547/kjsr.2019.27.3.232
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Background:

Suicide among Korean middle school students is a growing social concern. Exploring factors associated with suicide ideation is important for suicide prevention in middle school adolescents. The purpose of this study was to identify risk factors influencing frequency of suicidal ideation among middle-school students in Korea.

Methods:

The study was a cross-sectional descriptive study. The participants were 391 middle school students and data were obtained from the 13th wave of Korean Welfare Panel Study in 2018. Zero-inflated Negative Binomial Regression model was employed to identify risk factors.

Results:

Among participants, 67.3% reported they did not have current suicidal ideation. By zero- inflated negative binomial regression analysis, gender, grade, and peer attachment were found to be significant predictors in the count model, and depression/anxiety and parental neglect were found to be significant predictors in the logistic model. These findings suggest that middle school adolescents who were female, 3rd grade students, or had lower peer attachment were associated with increased severity of suicidal ideation. Also, depression/anxiety and parental neglect were identified as risk factors affecting the future likelihood of suicidal ideation among middle school adolescents.

Conclusions:

Identified risk factors affecting severity and possibility of suicidal ideation may help health care providers to tailor effective suicide prevention interventions for middle school students.

Stress and Coping of Recovering Alcoholics in Communities
Jaewon Joung, KyungIm Kang
STRESS. 2019;27(3):277-286.   Published online September 30, 2019
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17547/kjsr.2019.27.3.277
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Background:

The purpose of this qualitative study is to identify stresses and coping of recovering alcoholics in communities.

Methods:

Individual interviews were conducted with a total of 8 recovering alcoholics. Data were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.

Results:

Two categories and six subcategories for each category were derived. Two categories were ‘life problems and stresses encountered without drinking’ and ‘constant change efforts and growth’. The identified stresses of the participants were summarized as ‘a body weakened by drinking’, ‘constant vigilance against the ongoing temptation of drinking’, ‘painful regrets for the past’, ‘difficulties in building new relationships’, ‘a lonely life left alone’, ‘a long way to self-reliance’. In addition, the revealed helpful factors in coping with the stresses were ‘strong power by being together’, ‘strong family support’, ‘firm wills constantly strengthened’, ‘healing power of letting-go’, ‘awareness through learning’, ‘participation in various activities to replace drinking’.

Conclusions:

Participants were experiencing various stresses caused by physical, mental and social problems in their recovery process and trying to overcome the difficulties by applying various methods. The results of this study may provide significant information to prevent relapse and maintain the recovery process of alcoholics.


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