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Kim: Impacts of Social Support and Life Satisfaction on Depression among International Marriage Migrant Women in Daegu and Kyungpook Area



The purpose of this study was to investigate the current status of international marriage migrant women living in Daegu and Kyungpook area, and to identify the impacts of social support and life satisfaction on their depression in this population.


Research objectives were accomplished by conducting an anonymous questionnaire survey with 173 international marriage migrant women. Data were analyzed using descriptive analysis, Pearson correlation coefficients and stepwise multiple regression with SPSS/WIN 18.0.


Compared to international marriage migrant women living in other areas, international marriage migrant women living in Daegu and Kyungpook area had differences in their host country, level of education and spouses' occupation. The most frequently used social support programs for participants were classes in Korean language (Hangul), Korean culture and tradition and on the National Health Insurance Service. Women who received higher levels of social support reported less depression and greater life satisfaction compared to women receiving lower levels of social support. The significant predictors of depression were social support and life satisfaction showing 27.8% of the variance in depression.


Based on the research finding, the author suggests the necessity of developing social service program based on the women's characteristics and mental health needs.

Figures and Tables

Table 1

Socio-demographic Variables of Subjects (N=173)


NBLS=national basic livelihood security program; NLIS=national low incomer support program.

Table 2

Major Variables of Participants according to Depression (N=173)

Table 3

Differences in Depression by Socio-demographic Variables among International Marriage Migrant Women (N=173)

Table 4

Correlations among the Depression, Social Support and Life Satisfaction (N=173)

Table 5

Predictors of Depression in International Marriage Migrant Women (N=173)



This research was supported by a grant from Daegu Haany University Kylin Foundation in 2009 (Grant No: 2009-901-42).


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