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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2007;11(2):185-196.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2007.11.2.185    Published online July 31, 2007.
The Relationship between Depression and Stress in Korean Middle-Aged Women
이삼순1, 최원희2
1거제대학교
2경남대학교
일 지역 중년여성의 우울감과 스트레스와의 관계
이삼순1, 최원희2
1거제대학교
2경남대학교
Abstract
Objectives
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between the depression and stress symptoms in middle-aged women living in Korea.
Methods
The data were collected by self-reported questionnaires from 404 middle- aged women of 40~60 years old in Geoje city. Data were analyzed by using the SPSS WIN 12.0 program with t-test, ANOVA, pearson correlation, and multiple regression. Results: The results showed that the mean score of depression was 33.12±8.26 out of its possible score of 21~84 (range 21 to 76). The mean score of psychological stress was 11.01±7.70 and physical stress was 11.28±7.24 out of its possible score of 0~45. There were significant differences in the score of psychological stress symptom by age, spouse, education level, income, satisfaction in couple relationship, alcohol, and exercise (p<0.05). There were significant differences in the score of physical stress symptom by education level, job, income, satisfaction in couple relationship, disease history, menopause, and alcohol (p<0.05). The depression was positively correlated with psychological stress symptom (r=0.599, p<0.001) and physical stress symptom (r=0.472, p<0.001). The multiple regression analysis showed that depression significantly predicted the psychological and physical symptom.
Conclusion
It is recommended that nursing intervention programs should be developed to decrease the level of depression for middle-aged women health promotion in G-city.
Key Words: stress, depression


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