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The Korean Journal of Woman Psychology

The Vulnerability of married women on depression: Focused on life stress and coping processes

Abstract

The present study investigated the vulnerability of married women on depression through their experiences of life stress and coping processes. A total of 591 women between the ages of 20 and 50 who were married with children were given a questionnaire which assess the following: the level of depressive symptoms(CES-D), the type and level of life stress, coping styles, perceived social support and self efficacy. The results showed: 1) The mean of CES-D was 17.87 and 23.0% were higher than 24 on CES-D. 2) More than a half of the sample reported stress about marital dispute, economic strains, aging and dissatisfaction with their appearances. 3) Ages of 40 and 50 reported more stress with their children than any other age group. 4) Employment, age, low level of SES and education and number of children were associated with the high level of stress. 5) The level of stress, coping style, perceived social support and self efficacy altogether explained the variances of concurrent depressive symptoms significantly. The results indicated the vulnerability of married women to depression and identified the psychosocial risk factors for depression of married woman.

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The Korean Journal of Woman Psychology