DISCREPANCY OF FAMILY CONFLICT LEVELS; ITS DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOM IN KOREAN AMERICAN TEENS

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/211528
Type:
Research Study
Title:
DISCREPANCY OF FAMILY CONFLICT LEVELS; ITS DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOM IN KOREAN AMERICAN TEENS
Abstract:
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the links between the discrepancy of teen-parents family conflict levels and the associated depressive symptoms among Korean American (KA) adolescents. Background: Depression is one of the main health issues among adolescents. There is high rate (38%) of depressive symptoms among Korean American (KA) adolescents in the Pacific Northwest area. Family conflict is one of the associated factors with the depressive symptoms in this population. Methods: This is a secondary analysis of the cross sectional data from 58 Korean American families, including mother, father, and adolescents, aged from 11 to 18 years old, who completed surveys. The family conflict was measured by the Asian American Family Conflict Scale (AAFCS) and the depressive symptoms were measured by the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CESD). Descriptive statistics were used to characterize the sample, and simple regression was used to assess the association between the variables using SPSS software program. Results: Among 58 KA adolescents (mean age = 13.4) 22 adolescents (38%; 11 boys and 11 girls) reported to have depressive symptoms. Simple regression of participants indicated that discrepancy of likelihood child-mother conflict on sacrificing personal interests (n=39, p=.004), expression of love (n=39, p=.007), child’s opinion expression vs. talking back (n=40, p=.001), and respect for elders (n=39, p=.035) were positively associated with higher depressive symptoms. Also discrepancy of seriousness child-mother conflict on making own decision (n=37, p=.031), expression of love (n=35, p=.010), and child’s opinion expression vs. talking back (n=37, p=.004) were positively associated with higher depressive symptoms. However, discrepancy of likelihood or seriousness child-father conflict was not significantly associated with depressive symptoms. Conclusion: The results suggest that among KA adolescents there is an association between discrepancy of family conflict level and the associated depressive symptoms. It did not conclude whether the high discrepancy caused the adolescents to be depressed or vice versa. There is a need for further analysis to determine whether other mediating factors, such as acculturation and parenting warmth, affect the perceived level of conflict and its depressive symptoms among KA adolescents. Also, the dyad between adolescents and their parents sampled was small, requiring future research with larger sample needed. Importantly, these findings will contribute to the development of intervention that will decrease depressive symptoms among KA adolescents by reducing family conflict.
Keywords:
Teen parent conflicts; Korean American adolescents; Depression
Repository Posting Date:
20-Feb-2012
Date of Publication:
20-Feb-2012
Other Identifiers:
5366
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.typeResearch Studyen_GB
dc.titleDISCREPANCY OF FAMILY CONFLICT LEVELS; ITS DEPRESSIVE SYMPTOM IN KOREAN AMERICAN TEENSen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/211528-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: The purpose of this study was to explore the links between the discrepancy of teen-parents family conflict levels and the associated depressive symptoms among Korean American (KA) adolescents. Background: Depression is one of the main health issues among adolescents. There is high rate (38%) of depressive symptoms among Korean American (KA) adolescents in the Pacific Northwest area. Family conflict is one of the associated factors with the depressive symptoms in this population. Methods: This is a secondary analysis of the cross sectional data from 58 Korean American families, including mother, father, and adolescents, aged from 11 to 18 years old, who completed surveys. The family conflict was measured by the Asian American Family Conflict Scale (AAFCS) and the depressive symptoms were measured by the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression Scale (CESD). Descriptive statistics were used to characterize the sample, and simple regression was used to assess the association between the variables using SPSS software program. Results: Among 58 KA adolescents (mean age = 13.4) 22 adolescents (38%; 11 boys and 11 girls) reported to have depressive symptoms. Simple regression of participants indicated that discrepancy of likelihood child-mother conflict on sacrificing personal interests (n=39, p=.004), expression of love (n=39, p=.007), child’s opinion expression vs. talking back (n=40, p=.001), and respect for elders (n=39, p=.035) were positively associated with higher depressive symptoms. Also discrepancy of seriousness child-mother conflict on making own decision (n=37, p=.031), expression of love (n=35, p=.010), and child’s opinion expression vs. talking back (n=37, p=.004) were positively associated with higher depressive symptoms. However, discrepancy of likelihood or seriousness child-father conflict was not significantly associated with depressive symptoms. Conclusion: The results suggest that among KA adolescents there is an association between discrepancy of family conflict level and the associated depressive symptoms. It did not conclude whether the high discrepancy caused the adolescents to be depressed or vice versa. There is a need for further analysis to determine whether other mediating factors, such as acculturation and parenting warmth, affect the perceived level of conflict and its depressive symptoms among KA adolescents. Also, the dyad between adolescents and their parents sampled was small, requiring future research with larger sample needed. Importantly, these findings will contribute to the development of intervention that will decrease depressive symptoms among KA adolescents by reducing family conflict.en_GB
dc.subjectTeen parent conflictsen_GB
dc.subjectKorean American adolescentsen_GB
dc.subjectDepressionen_GB
dc.date.available2012-02-20T12:00:24Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-20T12:00:24Z-
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-20T12:00:24Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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