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Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Isolation among North Korean Refugee Women in South Korea: The Moderating Role of Formal and Informal Support

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School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Korea
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Social Welfare Policy, Yonsei University Graduate School, Seoul 03722, Korea
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Sustainability 2018, 10(4), 1246; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041246
Received: 28 February 2018 / Revised: 11 April 2018 / Accepted: 15 April 2018 / Published: 18 April 2018
While there is abundant literature on the positive correlation between refugee post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and social isolation, few studies have examined the moderating effects of formal and informal interpersonal support. This study on 154 refugee women from North Korea examines the moderating effects of formal and informal interpersonal support on the relationship between PTSD and social isolation. Data from the 2012 survey of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in South Korea Study on Support for Independent Living Tailored to North Korean Refugee Women Exposed to Violence were included in the present study. The study results confirmed the positive correlation between PTSD and social isolation and verified the protective effects of formal support. These findings will contribute to policy changes and early proactive interventions to reduce the social isolation of North Korean refugee women in South Korea. View Full-Text
Keywords: North Korean refugee women; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); formal support; informal support North Korean refugee women; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); formal support; informal support
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Ryu, W.; Park, S.W. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Isolation among North Korean Refugee Women in South Korea: The Moderating Role of Formal and Informal Support. Sustainability 2018, 10, 1246. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041246

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Ryu W, Park SW. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Isolation among North Korean Refugee Women in South Korea: The Moderating Role of Formal and Informal Support. Sustainability. 2018; 10(4):1246. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041246

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Ryu, Wonjung, and Sun W. Park. 2018. "Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Social Isolation among North Korean Refugee Women in South Korea: The Moderating Role of Formal and Informal Support" Sustainability 10, no. 4: 1246. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10041246

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