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Min Jung Kwon 2 Articles
Regional Factors on the Self-rated Health of Wage Workers
Min Jung Kwon, Eun Suk Choi
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2018;29(1):21-32.   Published online March 31, 2018
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This study attempted to identify regional disparities of self-rated health among Korean wage workers and to investigate the influencing factors on them.
The study subjects were 25,069 workers in 16 regions who were extracted from the 2014 Korean Working Condition Survey (KWCS). A multilevel analysis was conducted by building hierarchical data at individual and regional level.
In this study, ‘financial autonomy rate’ and ‘current smoking rate’ were identified as regional factors influencing the workers' self-rated health. When the socio-demographic and occupational factors of the workers were controlled, ‘current smoking rate’, a health policy factor, explained the regional disparity of workers' health status.
We found that the health status of workers can be affected by the health behavior level of the whole population in their residential area. In order to improve the health status of working population and to alleviate their regional health inequalities, it is necessary to strengthen macro and structural level interventions.
The Association between Psychosocial Work Environment and Depressive Symptoms among Korean Teachers
Eun Suk Choi, Min Jung Kwon, Hae Joon Lee, Gyo Young Cho
J Korean Acad Community Health Nurs. 2017;28(4):463-471.   Published online December 31, 2017
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This study aimed to identify the association between psychosocial work environment and depressive symptoms among Korean teachers.
Data on 235 elementary school teachers and 341 middle and high school teachers was obtained from the 2014 Korean Working Condition Survey. The effect of psychosocial work environment on depressive symptoms was determined by multiple logistic regression analyses.
The prevalence of depressive symptoms was 18 % in elementary school teachers and 24 % in middle and high school teachers. When adjusted for demographics and other socio-psychological and environmental factors, ‘social community at work’ served as a protection factor for Korean teachers' depressive symptoms. In addition, ‘cognitive demands’ in elementary school teachers and ‘social support from supervisors’ in middle and high school teachers were found to be predictors of depressive symptoms.
Interventions to increase ‘social community at work’ and ‘social support from supervisors’, and to decrease ‘cognitive demands’ may be helpful for Korean teachers at risk of depression.


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