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Women's subjective health conditions in Korea

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Frame of Image ar to be much poorer than men's. Results also show that the groups with the low socio-demographic status are vulnerable to poor subjective health condition. For instance, women aged 40 and over with a middle or primary school education are more likely to report bad and worst subjective health condition than the reference group with a university or higher education (odds ratio=6.184, p<.000). Women with the lowest income are more likely to report bad and  w o r s t  subjective health condition than the reference group with the highest income (odds ratio=2.157, p<.001). This study recommends that the government increase funding for research on gender and health inequality and enhance education and public awareness for women's health. Keywords: Women's Subjective Health Condition, Self Reported Health Condition, Sociodemographic Variables, Korea I. Background Importance of Subjective Health Condition Subjective health condition has been known as one of the best indicators in predicting death rate, occurrence of disease, and physical disability. Although the questionnaire is simple with each question having five response categories (i.e., excellent, good, average, bad, and worst). those responded poor have a probability of 50-100% higher mortality than those who responded very good or excellent (Benyamini & Idler, 1999). Studies by Kawachi, et al., (1999), Lantz, et al. (2001), Yugwe, et al., (200)1 and Knesebeck, et al. (2003) also show that subjective health condi


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Title Women's subjective health conditions in Korea
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Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Kim, Young-taek

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[Seoul]:The Korean Women's Development Institute

Date 2009
Journal Title; Vol./Issue GSPR:vol. 2
Pages 18
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Health
Social Development < Gender
Holding KWDI; KDI School

Abstract

This study, using the Third National Health and Nutrition Survey in Korea, analyzes health conditions of Korean men and women. Results of logistic regression and ANOVA analyses show that
socio-demographic variables are important factors in predicting women’s subjective health condition, even after controlling such variables as drinking, smoking, exercise, stress and obesity. Women's subjective health conditions appear to be much poorer than men's. Results also show that the groups with the low socio-demographic status are vulnerable to poor subjective health condition. For instance, women aged 40 and over with a middle or primary school education are more likely to report "bad" and "worst" subjective health condition than the reference group with a university or higher education(odds ratio=6.184, p<.000). Women with the lowest income are more likely to report "bad" and "worst" subjective health condition than the reference group with the highest income (odds ratio=2.157, p<.001). This study recommends that the government increase funding for research on gender and health inequality and enhance education and public awareness for women's health.

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