Is Health Literacy Associated With Depressive Symptoms Among Korean Adults? Implications for Mental Health Nursing

Taeho Greg Rhee, Hee Yun Lee, Nam Keol Kim, Gyounghae Han, Jeonghwa Lee, Kyoungwoo Kim

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study investigated whether health literacy is associated with depressive symptoms among Korean adults, when adjusting for relevant risk factors for depression. METHODS: Data were collected from a sample of 585 community-dwelling Korean adults living in Seoul and Kwangju, South Korea, using a quota sampling strategy. A cross-sectional, multivariate regression analysis was used to investigate the association between health literacy and depressive symptoms. RESULTS: When controlled for covariates, a lower level of health literacy was significantly associated with a higher level of depressive symptoms. CONCLUSION: Health literacy may play an important role in preventing and treating depression. Future research is needed to determine if improving health literacy, through health promotion interventions, can enhance community-dwelling Korean adults’ understanding of depressive symptoms and relevant treatment options.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-242
Number of pages9
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2017

Keywords

  • Depression
  • Korean
  • health literacy
  • intervention
  • mental health

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