Psychosocial Factors Associated With Lifetime Experience of Serious Unintentional Injury in South Korea
Article first published online: 17 DEC 2007
Public Health Nursing
Volume 25, Issue 1, pages 37–45, January/February 2008
How to Cite
Ham, O. K. (2008), Psychosocial Factors Associated With Lifetime Experience of Serious Unintentional Injury in South Korea. Public Health Nursing, 25: 37–45. doi: 10.1111/j.1525-1446.2008.00678.x
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2007
- Article first published online: 17 DEC 2007
- health-related quality of life;
- risk-taking behavior;
- unintentional injury
ABSTRACT Purpose: The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of lifetime unintentional-injury experience and evaluate the quality of life of unintentional-injury victims, to provide useful data for the development of interventions aimed at decreasing the incidence of unintentional injuries.
Design, sample, and methods: This study utilized data obtained from cross-sectional surveys of 24,327 Korean individuals aged 19–65 years, performed using face-to-face interviews. Demographic characteristics, unintentional-injury experience, attributes of health behavior, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) questions were included in the study instruments.
Results: About 11.8% of the subjects had experienced an unintentional injury that required hospitalization at least once in their lifetime. Being older, being male, having less education and lower income, working in a blue-collar job, and being enrolled in medical aid programs were associated with increased likelihood of having an unintentional injury. Among the HRQoL and risk-taking behavior variables, limitations in daily activities, suicide ideation, and binge drinking were significantly associated with injury experience.
Conclusion: Public health efforts to prevent unintentional injuries should target high-risk populations such as males, those with low incomes and education levels, and binge drinkers. Efforts should also be made to enhance the HRQoL of injury victims.