Year: 2020 Source: Suicidology Online. (2020). 11:1, p 41-52. ISSN 2078-5488. SIEC No: 20200507

Based on two independent surveys of South Korean (n=1,599) and Japanese adults (n=1,490) views of suicide and death this analysis found South Koreans more stress-prone and more accepting of suicide than the Japanese, patterns convergent with their overall differences in societal suicide rates. Multiple regression analysis findings suggested that a substantial proportion of the variations in stress differences between all respondents were accounted for by three variables: country differences, depression and satisfaction with one’s financial status; this finding suggests that South Koreans’ diverging views of suicide and death may add to their overall levels of experienced stress.