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Journal of The Korean Society of Maternal and Child Health 2016;20(1):43-53.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.21896/jksmch.2016.20.1.43    Published online January 31, 2016.
Difference of Traumatic Experience according to Menstrual Regularity among North Korean Woman Refugees in South Korea
Hyun Kyoung Kim1, Hee Sook Kim2, Seog Ju Kim3
1Department of Nursing, Doowon Technical University, Korea
2Department of Nursing, Dongnam Health University, Korea
3Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University, Samsung Medical Center, Korea
북한이탈 여성의 월경규칙성에 따른 외상경험 차이
김현경1, 김희숙2, 김석주3
1두원공과대학교 간호학과
2동남보건대학교 간호학과
3성균관대학교 의과대학 정신건강의학교실, 삼성서울병원 정신건강의학과
Correspondence:  Seog Ju Kim,
Email: kimhs02041@hotmail.com
Abstract
Purpose
This study aimed to investigate the differences of traumatic experience according to menstrual regularity among North Korean woman refugees in South Korea.
Methods
This study used a sample of convenience consisting of 131 women in 5 government resettlement centers throughout South Korea. The traumatic experiences scale for North Korean defectors was used for identifying traumatic experience. Data were collected between June 2012 and December 2012. Data was analyzed using mean, percentage, and t-test.
Results
The rate of irregular menstruation was 35.1%. Irregular menstruation group had more traumatic experiences than regular one (t=-1.78, p=.038).
Conclusion
This study demonstrates that their reproductive health promotion was necessary regarding menstrual problem. Also, their severe traumatic experiences were considered into healthcare program.
Key Words: women, menstruation, north Korea, refugees, trauma
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