Adolescent suicide in South Korea: Risk factors and proposed multi-dimensional solution
Kwak, C.W., & Ickovics, J.R.
South Korea has ranked first in suicide mortality among the 35 OECD nations since 2003. Unfortunately, mental health research and evidence-based interventions to curb the rate of suicide have been limited. Suicide is the leading cause of death among South Korean adolescents. Academic stress is a primary risk factor, which is highly correlated with depression. Social stigma against mental illnesses and negative relationships with peers and parents are additional risk factors, while positive relationships may be protective. We propose a multi-dimensional solution, involving the participation of schools, peers and parents to decrease the rate of adolescent suicide in South Korea.