Depression in Korean immigrants with hepatitis B and related liver diseases

Elisabeth J.S. Kunkel, Jin Sung Kim, Hie Won Hann, Olu Oyesanmi, Lynette A. Menefee, Howard L. Field, Philip L. Lartey, Ronald E. Myers

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The authors evaluated 50 Korean immigrants who had chronic viral hepatitis or who were healthy carriers for the hepatitis B virus in terms of the relationships between their depression scores, psychosocial stressors, social support, and biological markers of dysfunction. All participants completed a questionnaire, describing their worries and concerns, and the short form of the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-sf). Hepatic transaminases, albumin levels, and prothrombin times were measured during routine clinic follow-up visits and were abstracted from the medical record. Values recorded within 3 months before and within 3 months after the psychiatric interview were correlated with BDI scores. BDI-sf total scores were significantly associated with transaminase elevations (P<0.001) both before and after BDI-sf administration. BDI scores were not associated with other measures of liver dysfunction or other medical causes of depression. Patients with higher BDI-sf total scores had more psychosocial stressors (P=0.008) and lower Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) scores (P=0.000).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)472-480
Number of pages9
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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