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Adolescent Employment, Mental Health, and Suicidal Behavior: A Propensity Score Matching Approach

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Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, 84 Heukseok-ro Dongjak-Gu, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Department of Nursing, Kyung-in Women’s University, 63 Gyeyangsan-ro, Gyesan-dong, Seoul 06974, Korea
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6835; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186835
Received: 18 August 2020 / Revised: 14 September 2020 / Accepted: 15 September 2020 / Published: 18 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Mental Health)
This study aimed to confirm the relationships between part-time work experience, mental health, and suicidal behavior in adolescents. The impact of part-time work in this population is a controversial topic, perhaps because of the sociocultural background-related inconsistencies in previous results. In this cross-sectional study, which involved a secondary analysis of data from the 11th–13th Korea Youth Risk Behavior Web-Based Surveys, conducted among 800 middle and high schools by the Korean government, we used propensity score matching analysis to minimize the impact of individual backgrounds on the findings concerning the relationships in question. Overall, part-time experience was significantly related to mental health problems and suicidal behavior even after eliminating background differences. Adolescents with part-time work experience had higher overall stress levels (odds ratio = 1.148; 95% confidence interval = 1.094, 1.205) than those without such experience, and more suicidal thoughts (odds ratio = 1.355; 95% confidence interval = 1.266, 1.450), suicide planning (odds ratio = 1.717; 95% confidence interval = 1.527, 1.929), and suicide attempts (odds ratio = 1.852; 95% confidence interval = 1.595, 2.151). Thus, it is important to pay increased attention to mental health and suicide-related issues in South Korean adolescents with part-time jobs. View Full-Text
Keywords: part-time work; mental health; suicidal behavior; adolescents part-time work; mental health; suicidal behavior; adolescents
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Shin, H.; Kim, K.h.; Kim, J.-s.; Lee, E. Adolescent Employment, Mental Health, and Suicidal Behavior: A Propensity Score Matching Approach. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6835. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186835

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Shin H, Kim Kh, Kim J-s, Lee E. Adolescent Employment, Mental Health, and Suicidal Behavior: A Propensity Score Matching Approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6835. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186835

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Shin, Hyerine, Kyung hee Kim, Ji-su Kim, and Eunkyung Lee. 2020. "Adolescent Employment, Mental Health, and Suicidal Behavior: A Propensity Score Matching Approach" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 18: 6835. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186835

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