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J. Korean Home Econ. Assoc > Volume 50(3); 2012 > Article
Journal of the Korean Home Economics Association 2012;50(3):1-14. doi: https://doi.org/10.6115/khea.2012.50.3.001
A Study of Depression in Children of Divorced Families: Focusing on the Comparison of Family Structures
Seon Rye Ji, Sook Lee
Department of Family Environment & Welfare, Chonnam National University
Corresponding Author: Sook Lee ,Tel: +82-62-530-1323, Fax: +82-62-530-1329, Email: sookleej@hanmail.net
Received: November 4, 2011; Revised: November 8, 2011   Accepted: January 13, 2012.
ABSTRACT
This research focuses on the characteristics of children of divorced families, particularly their psychological adaptations. A questionnaire was given to elementary school-aged children(grades 3-6). 310 children from divorced families were surveyed. The major findings were as follows: first, there were no statistically significant differences between depression scores by family structure among these children. Second, the variables that affected depression among the divorced family children were relatively different. Third, through this comparison, this study examined the relative influence of variables that affected children’s depression. This study proposes interventions to improve their psychological adaptation mechanisms.
Keywords: children of divorced families, depression
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