ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to find out correlation and predictors of posttraumatic growth of North Korean adolescent refugees in South Korea. This survey was conducted on 320 North Korean adolescent refugees from June to August 2012 with questions on socio-demographic characteristics, personal & social variables, mental health variables, and psychological trauma and acculturative stress in South Korea. The influence of these variable was analysed. Result indicated that care-giver education background in North Korea, religion, family existence, living period in the 3rd country and South Korea were associated with PTG. Anxiety, depression, PTSD, acculturative stress, social support, and secure attachment in South Korea had correlation with PTG. And Living period in the 3rd country and South Korea, family existence, secure attachment, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and acculturative stress in South Korea predicted PTG of North Korean adolescent refugees. Finally, socio-cultural intervention for North Korean adolescent refugees were discussed.

KEYWORD

North Korean refugees, Posttraumatic growth

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