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The influence of sexual harassment on mental health among female military personnel of the Republic of Korea Armed Forces

Authors
 Tae Kyung Kim  ;  H-C Lee  ;  S G Lee  ;  K-T Han  ;  E-C Park 
Citation
 Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps, Vol.163 : 104-110, 2017 
Journal Title
 Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps 
ISSN
 0035-8665 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Adult ; Female ; Humans ; Linear Models ; Logistic Models ; Mental Health* ; Military Personnel/psychology ; Military Personnel/statistics & numerical data* ; Multivariate Analysis ; Republic of Korea/epidemiology ; Sexual Harassment/psychology ; Sexual Harassment/statistics & numerical data* ; Stress, Psychological/epidemiology* ; Stress, Psychological/psychology ; Surveys and Questionnaires ; Women/psychology* ; Young Adult
Keywords
MENTAL HEALTH
Abstract
INTRODUCTION: Reports of sexual harassment are becoming more frequent in Republic of Korea (ROK) Armed Forces. This study aimed to analyse the impact of sexual harassment on mental health among female military personnel of the ROK Armed Forces. METHODS: Data from the 2014 Military Health Survey were used. Instances of sexual harassment were recorded as 'yes' or 'no'. Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was carried out to compare Kessler Psychological Distress Scale 10 (K-10) scores. Multiple logistic regression analysis was performed to identify associations between sexual harassment and K-10 scores. RESULTS: Among 228 female military personnel, 13 (5.7%) individuals experienced sexual harassment. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that sexual harassment had a significantly negative impact on K-10 scores (3.486, p<0.04). Higher K-10 scores among individuals experiencing sexual harassment were identified in the unmarried (including never-married) group (6.761, p<0.04), the short-term military service group (12.014, p<0.03) and the group whose length of service was <2 years (11.067, p<0.02). CONCLUSIONS: Sexual harassment has a negative impact on mental health. Factors associated with worse mental health scores included service classification and length of service. The results provide helpful information with which to develop measures for minimising the negative psychological effects from sexual harassment and promoting sexual harassment prevention policy.
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http://jramc.bmj.com/content/163/2/104.long
DOI
10.1136/jramc-2015-000613
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1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
Lee, Sang Gyu(이상규) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4847-2421
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https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/154578
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