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Stigma and Life Satisfaction among Out-of-School Korean Youths: The Mediating Roles of Self-Esteem and Depression

Version 1 : Received: 26 August 2020 / Approved: 27 August 2020 / Online: 27 August 2020 (09:02:07 CEST)

How to cite: Cho, M.S. Stigma and Life Satisfaction among Out-of-School Korean Youths: The Mediating Roles of Self-Esteem and Depression. Preprints 2020, 2020080606 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0606.v1). Cho, M.S. Stigma and Life Satisfaction among Out-of-School Korean Youths: The Mediating Roles of Self-Esteem and Depression. Preprints 2020, 2020080606 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202008.0606.v1).

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the extent to which self-esteem and depression mediated the influence of internalized stigma on life satisfaction among Korean out-of-school youths. Cross-sectional data on 318 youths provided information on perceived stigma, self-esteem, depression, life satisfaction, and personal characteristics. A multinomial logistic regression analysis was followed by structured path analysis to investigate the mediation effects. Internalized stigma was negatively associated with life satisfaction. Self-esteem significantly mediated the influence of stigma on depression and the influence of depression on life satisfaction. Further, stigma directly and significantly influenced depression. This study demonstrated that self-esteem and depression were important to the relationship between internalized stigma and life satisfaction. Implications for possible policies and programs with the aim of helping out-of-school youths to integrate and lead successful satisfying lives are discussed.

Subject Areas

life satisfaction; depression; self-esteem; stigma; out of school youth; structural equation modeling

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