Psychiatry Investig.  2017 Mar;14(2):216-218. 10.4306/pi.2017.14.2.216.

Relationship between School Violence and Depressive Symptoms among Multicultural Families' Offspring in South Korea

  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Gyeongsang National University School of Medicine, Jinju, Republic of Korea.
  • 2Department of Psychiatry, Gyeongsang National University Changwon Hospital, Changwon, Republic of Korea.
  • 3Department of Psychiatry, Eulji University School of Medicine, Eulji University Eulji Hospital, Seoul, Republic of Korea.


The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of school violence on depressive symptoms among the offspring of multicultural families in South Korea. Data from the National Survey of Multicultural Families 2012, conducted by the Korean Women's Development Institute and Statistics Korea, were used in this study. Complex samples logistic regression was performed to determine the effect of school violence on depressive mood. The survey participants were 3999 students between the ages of 9 and 24. Of the participants, 22.1% reported experiencing depressive symptoms and 9.1% reported experiencing school violence within the last year. School violence was a strong risk factor (OR=5.142, 95% CI=4.067-6.500) for depressive symptoms after adjusting for personal, familial and school factors. School violence is a serious contributor to depressive mood among the offspring of multicultural families. There is a significant need to monitor school violence among this vulnerable group.


School violence; Depressive symptoms; Multicultural family

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Logistic Models
Risk Factors
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