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Eun Joo Jo 2 Articles
Nursing College Life Experiences of North Korean Defectors
Jung Suk Park, Eun Joo Jo, Eun Joung Choi, Hyun Mee Cho, Ji Hyun Bae
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2019;30(3):324-335.   Published online September 30, 2019
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12799/jkachn.2019.30.3.324
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PURPOSE
The purpose of this study is to understand nursing college life experiences of North Korean Defectors and identify their meanings.
METHODS
The study collected data through individual in-depth interviews among six undergraduates or graduates from nursing colleges, using phenomenological research methodology of Colaizzi-one of qualitative research approaches.
RESULTS
Six categories drawn as a result of research include ‘Be bumped against hard reality wall’, ‘Bondage of discrimination and prejudice’, ‘Endure and stand with strength of faith’, ‘Myself grown up along with work’, ‘Becoming one amid differences’, and ‘Stepping towards unification’.
CONCLUSION
The result of this study would contribute to understanding academic and interpersonal difficulties North Korean defectors might experience at nursing colleges. And it may also help people to learn that they would play an important role in integration of the nursing fields of South and North Korea as well as the nation's unification. Along the way, the results of the study could be basic data to establish national policy helping North Korean defectors adapt to nursing college life, and develop the supporting system of colleges as well as setting up appropriate supports and measures from the perspective of the nursing field.
Influence of Trauma Experiences and Social Adjustment on Health-related Quality of Life in North Korean Defectors
Eun Joo Jo, Hyun Mee Cho, Eun Joung Choi
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2018;29(4):488-498.   Published online December 31, 2018
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12799/jkachn.2018.29.4.488
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PURPOSE
This study was conducted to identify the influence of trauma experiences and social adjustment on health-related quality of life in North Korean defectors.
METHODS
The subjects were 117 North Korean defectors living in B and Y city. The data were collected from September 1 to September 20, 2014, and analyzed by the SPSS/WIN 18.0 program.
RESULTS
Significant differences were found in the health-related quality of life with respect to the subjects' education, marriage status, types of dwelling, family types, duration of residence in South Korea, jobs in South Korea and in North Korea, families left in North Korea or other surrounding countries, and subjective health status. Health-related quality of life is negatively related to trauma experiences during escape from North Korea and during their life in South Korea. Health-related quality of life positively is related to social adjustment. The meaningful variables which influenced the subjects'health-related quality include social adjustment, job in South Korea, job in North Korea, current family structure, and trauma experiences in South Korea. Total explanatory power of these factors for health-related quality in North Korean Defectors is 43.0% and social adjustment is the most influential factor.
CONCLUSION
Therefore, in order to enhance health-related quality of life in North Korean defectors, it is necessary for them to increase social adjustment and decrease trauma experiences. In addition, methods are needed to provide job opportunities, better education and family services for North Korean defectors.

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  • Nursing College Life Experiences of North Korean Defectors
    Jung Suk Park, Eun Joo Jo, Eun Joung Choi, Hyun Mee Cho, Ji Hyun Bae
    Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing.2019; 30(3): 324.     CrossRef

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