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The relationship between types of depressive changes and suicidal thoughts in middle-aged Korean males

  • Kyuhyoung Jeong1
  • Bokyung Kim2,*,
  • Sungeun Kim3
  • Heeran J. Cho4
  • Sunghee Kim2

1Semyung University, 27136 Jecheon, Republic of Korea

2Yonsei University, 03722 Seoul, Republic of Korea

3Hidden J. Grace, 06689 Seoul, Republic of Korea

4Yuhan University, 14780 Bucheon, Republic of Korea

DOI: 10.22514/jomh.2023.131 Vol.19,Issue 12,December 2023 pp.66-74

Submitted: 14 July 2023 Accepted: 17 August 2023

Published: 30 December 2023

*Corresponding Author(s): Bokyung Kim E-mail:


In this study, we explored the issue of depression and suicide ideation among middle-aged men in South Korea over a five-year period, focusing on an often overlooked yet pressing concern. Our main objective was to identify shifts in levels of depression and their potential influence on suicide ideation, focusing particularly on single-person households. By using data from a national health survey, we conducted extensive analyze which accounted for various sociodemographic factors. Analyses indicate that despite their depression levels being relatively low on average, middle-aged men exhibited increased suicide ideation due to low recognition of their own level of depression. Our analyses suggest that we need to develop depression prevention programs and labor support measures that are tailored to the specific circumstances and psychological characteristics of middle-aged men if we are to address this serious problem.


Depression in middle-aged men; Suicidal ideation; Men’s mental health; Single-person households; Public health policies

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Kyuhyoung Jeong,Bokyung Kim,Sungeun Kim,Heeran J. Cho,Sunghee Kim. The relationship between types of depressive changes and suicidal thoughts in middle-aged Korean males. Journal of Men's Health. 2023. 19(12);66-74.


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