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Ha and Kim: Factors Influencing Depression in Married Immigrant Women in Korea



The purpose of this study was to identify the factors influencing depression of married immigrant women in Korea.


Participants included 127 married immigrant women who met eligibility criteria and agreed to participate in the study. Participants were evaluated for subjective assessment of married immigrant-related constructs using a self-report questionnaire, for depression, acculturation stress, and social support. The analysis was done using SPSS for Windows, version 18.0, and included stepwise regression.


The major findings were as follows; 1) Depression significantly differed according to native country, length of residence in Korea, education, family monthly income, household and primary support. 2) There were significant relationships between marital life satisfaction (r=-.80, p<.001), acculturative stress (r=.78, p<.001), and social support (r=-.20, p = .025). 3) Marital life satisfaction, family monthly income, acculturative stress, primary support and social support were significant factors, which explained 84.6% of the variance in depression (F=138.04, p<.001). Multiple regression analysis revealed that a powerful predictor of depression for married immigrant women was marital life satisfaction.


Based upon the findings, this study provides useful information that could assist in reducing depression among married immigrant women, and indicates that nursing interventions are needed.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
Differences in Depression according to Socio-demographic Factors (N=126)

Scheffé test; Language used for chatting with husband.

Table 2
Levels of Depression and related Variables (N=126)
Table 3
Relationships among Study Variables (N=126)
Table 4
Predictors on Depression (N=126)


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