Factors Affecting Suicidal Ideation Among Middle–Aged Korean Women in an Urban–Rural Province

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aimed to investigate the factors that affect suicidal ideation among middle–aged Korean women in an urban–rural province.

Methods

This study used a convenience sample consisting of 196 middle–aged Korean women who live in Gyeonggi Province. Data were collected between November 2013 and January 2014.

Results

There were significant correlations among social relationships (r = − .18, p = .013), previous experiences of violence (r = .15, p = .032), subjective happiness (r = − .36, p < .001), depression (r = .44, p < .001), and suicidal ideation. Economic status, subjective happiness, and depression were found to have an effect on suicidal ideation (R2 = .26).

Conclusions

The study's results demonstrate that there needs to be greater focus on middle-aged women when considering mental health interventions in rural areas of Korea. The results may also contribute to the development of improved interventions for psychological health care.

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