J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs.  2015 Dec;26(4):380-389. 10.12799/jkachn.2015.26.4.380.

Acculturative Stress and Depression of Vietnamese Immigrant Workers in Korea

  • 1Dong-A University Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea. gelee@dau.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to investigate the correlation between acculturative stress and depression of Vietnamese immigrant workers in Korea.
The subjects were 230 Vietnamese immigrant workers residing legally in B or K City. Data were collected from July 12, 2014 to August 3, 2014, and were analyzed using the SPSS PASW 21.0 program.
The average level of acculturative stress was 2.91 and there were significant differences in the score according to whether to have a religion, the number of homeland friends, and Korean language skill. The average depression level of the subjects was 15.3 and the level was different significantly according to whether to have a religion, the number of homeland friends, salary, working hours, and Korean language skill. Acculturative stress and depression showed a significant positive correlation with each other. The influencing factors of depression were acculturative stress and the number of homeland friends. The most significant factor was acculturative stress.
This result shows the necessity of various programs to diminish acculturative stress to control the depression of immigrant workers.


Immigrants; Acculturation; Depression

MeSH Terms

Asian Continental Ancestry Group*
Emigrants and Immigrants*
Salaries and Fringe Benefits

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