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A Study on the Relationship Between Mental Health Variables and Physical Activity Variables in the Clinical Group of North Korean Defectors: A Pilot Study

Shim SS, Lee SH, Lee JB, Seo YE, Lee HJ

Objectives This study is designed to extract a representative variable that distinguishes psychiatric patients of North Korean Defectors and a control group by using machine learning based on measured mental...
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Prevalence of DSM-IV Major Psychiatric Disorders among North Korean Defectors in South Korea

Lee KE, Moon CS, An JH, Lee HC, Kim DE, Park S, Lee M, Chang HI, Hong JP

Objective The aim of this study was to estimate the prevalence of major psychiatric disorders among North Korean defectors (NKD) settled in South Korea. Methods The study population consisted of 294...
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Medical Expenses of North Korean Defectors with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Noh JW, Lee Y, Park H, Lee SH

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to establish the prevalence of PTSD among North Korean defectors who visited the National Medical Center, Seoul, South Korea over a period of...
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Two-Year Follow Up Study of Change in Satisfaction Level and Mental Health among North Korean Defectors

Lee HR, An JH, Yoon SC, Jeong SH, Chang HI, Hong JP

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate changes in the satisfaction levels and mental health among North Korean defectors over two years. METHODS: At the beginning of the study,...
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Prevalence and Correlates of Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors among North Korean Defectors

An JH, Lee KE, Lee HC, Kim HS, Jun JY, Chang HI, Kim SS, Lee-Tauler SY, Hong JP

OBJECTIVE: Despite the increasing number of North Korean defectors, research on their mental health conditions and suicidal thoughts and behaviors has not been conducted systematically. We examined the prevalence and...
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Mental Health Service Use by the North Korean Defectors

Kim DE, An JH, Lee KE, Moon CS, Jun JY, Chang HI, Hong JP

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the use of mental health services by North Korean defectors. The study sought to understand the determinants of use with socio-demographical...
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Clinical Characteristics of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder among North Korean Defectors

Lee KE, An JH, Kim DE, Moon CS, Hong JP

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate prevalence and clinical characteristics of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in North Korean defectors (NKD). METHODS: The study population consisted of 300 NKDs...
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Somatic Symptoms as Mediating Factors between the Perceived Social Support and the Health-Related Quality of Life in North Korean Defectors

Won SD, Lee SH, Kim S, Jun JY, Shin SS

OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to examine the mediating effect of somatic symptoms between perceived social support and health-related quality of life among North Korean defectors living in South Korea. METHODS:...
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Association of Anxiety, Depression, and Somatization with Menstrual Problems among North Korean Women Defectors in South Korea

Kim HK, Kim HS, Kim SJ

OBJECTIVE: North Korean women defectors have suffered from anxiety, depression, and somatization after defection. Also they have had many menstrual problems like amenorrhea. This study was done to identify the...
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Effect of Oral Health Education on Oral Health Knowledge, Oral Health Behavior and Oral Hygiene Status in Children from North Korea

Han J, Park H

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of oral health education on oral health knowledge, oral health behavior, and oral hygiene status of children from North...
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Relationship between Perceived Stigma for Psychological Helps and Depression in North Korean Defectors

Song DK, Shin SS, Lee SH, Kim SJ, Jun JY

OBJECTIVES: This study was implemented for North Korean defectors to understand the relationship between perceived stigma for psychological helps and depression. METHODS: Two hundred defectors from North Korea were subjects in...
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Smoking habits and nicotine dependence of North Korean male defectors

Kim SW, Lee JM, Ban WH, Park CK, Yoon HK, Lee SH

BACKGROUND/AIMS: The smoking rates and patterns in the North Korean population are not well known. More than 20,000 North Korean defectors have settled in South Korea; thus, we can estimate...
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Clinical Characteristics of Defectors from North Korea Visiting a Single Tertiary Hospital in South Korea

Ann SY, Ryou SH, Kim SB

BACKGROUND/AIMS: There are increasing numbers of North Korean defectors, and their health status differs from that of the South Korean population. This study was performed to investigate the clinical characteristics...
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Predictors of PTSD among North Korean Defectors Visited Psychiatric Department of North Korean Defectors Treatment Center

Han NY, Lee SH, Yoo SY, Kim SJ, Jun JY, Won SD, Shin MN

OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to evaluate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the quality of life and social adjustment of North Korean refugees who consulted psychiatric clinics. METHODS: A total of 66...
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A Study on Reliability and Validity of the Impact of Event Scale-Revised-North Korea (IES-R-NK)

Won SD, Lee SH, Hong JP, Jun JY, Han JM, Shin MN, Ahn MH, Lee T

OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted to translate the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R) into North Korean language and confirm its reliability and validity. METHODS: A total of 207 North Korean defectors...
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Stigma of Mental Illnesses as Perceived by North Korean Defectors Living in South Korea

Ahn JH, Kim WH, Choi HJ, Jeon JY, Song IG, Bae JN

OBJECTIVE: This study aims to provide the information of the stigmas of mental illness such as psychosis, alcoholism, attempt suicide, and depression among North Korean defectors. METHODS: We examined stigma for...
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Reliability and Validity of the Korean Version of the PTSD Checklist Civilian Version in North Korean Defectors

Oh SI, Won SD, Lee SH, Yoo SY, Kim HC, Kim HJ

OBJECTIVES: This study was conducted for development of the Korean version of the Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Checklist civilian version (PCL-C) by evaluating its reliability and validity for the North...
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Children's Mental Health in Multicultural Family and North Korean Defectors in South Korea

Lee SH, Lee SH

  • KMID: 2291621
  • J Korean Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.
  • 2013 Sep;24(3):124-131.
South Korea is changing into a multi-cultural society, due to an increase in international marriage, foreign workers and transcultural immigration. In addition, the number of North Korean defectors entering South...
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Psychiatric Disorders of North Korean Defectors in South Korea : Four Case Report

Lee HY, Choi JY, Chung YH, Min SK

  • KMID: 2342429
  • J Korean Neuropsychiatr Assoc.
  • 2012 Nov;51(6):445-457.
OBJECTIVES: Cases of psychiatric disorders are reported with a review of literature on mental health problems in North Korean defectors in South Korea. METHODS: Four patients who were admitted to a...
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Prevalence and Correlates of Psychiatric Symptoms in North Korean Defectors

Kim HH, Lee YJ, Kim HK, Kim JE, Kim SJ, Bae SM, Cho SJ

  • KMID: 2316082
  • Psychiatry Investig.
  • 2011 Sep;8(3):179-185.
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to assess the prevalence of psychiatric symptoms and associated factors in North Korean Defectors (NKDs). METHODS: One hundred forty-four NKDs (male: 20; female:...
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