Korean J Occup Health Nurs.  2017 Feb;26(1):10-18. 10.5807/kjohn.2017.26.1.10.

Correlates of Depressive Symptoms and Stress among Korean Women Care-workers for Older Adults Dwelling in Community

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Mokpo National University, Mokpo, Korea. sunju@mokpo.ac.kr
  • 2Seoul Women's College of Nursing, Seoul, Korea.
  • 3Department of Health Policy and Management, Sangji University, Wonju, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study identified the prevalence of depressive symptoms and explored correlates of depressive symptoms among Korean women care-workers caring older adults living in community.
METHODS
A total of 465 participants were recruited for the study. Depressive symptoms was measured by the CES-D10 and distress was assessed using a single question given 5 Likert scale.
RESULTS
The prevalence of depressive symptoms and distress among care-workers were 32.5% and 32.0% respectively. Work environment safety, violence exposure experience, work-family conflict, weekly care work time, and poor health status were significantly associated with depressive symptoms. Only violence exposure experience and poor health status were associated with distress.
CONCLUSION
Our findings suggest more attention on mental health of care-workers and their risky work condition such as violence.

Keyword

Care-worker; Depressive symptoms; Stress; Work violence experience; Work-life balance
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