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Factors Related to the Attitude of North Korean Refugees Towards People with Mental Illness


Background: The purpose of this study was to explore the level of mental health knowledge among North Korean refugees residing in South Korea and to analyze the factors related to their attitude towards people with mental disorders.

Methods: The survey was conducted on 150 people and the analysis included results from 138 participants in 2013. A multiple linear regression analysis was conducted to analyze the factors related to the attitude towards people with mental illness.

Results: The education level attained in South Korea and the duration of stay in the South were effective factors associated with anti-authoritarianism. Age, marital status, education level in the North, and level of mental health knowledge were significant factors for benevolence. Time spent in South Korea and knowledge of mental health played a significant role in determining their attitude towards social restrictiveness (P=0.014).

Conclusion: The knowledge of mental illness in refugees was associated with their attitude towards people with mental illness. This study suggests the need to educate refugees on mental illness to enhance their attitudes.


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Mental illness Attitude Mental health knowledge North Korean

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NOH J-W, WOO J-M, PARK H, JUNG SJ, LEE Y, KWON YD. Factors Related to the Attitude of North Korean Refugees Towards People with Mental Illness. Iran J Public Health. 2018;47(Supple 1):39-46.