This edited volume unveils diverse issues and factors related to health disparities in contemporary Korean Society. It illustrates how economic and social changes unequally impact different subpopulations, including employees, the elderly, children, and immigrants and describes why health policy and intervention is needed now.
Sou Hyun Jang is assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Sungkyunkwan University.
Joong-Hwan Oh is professor of sociology at Hunter College of The City University of New York (CUNY).
Part I: Disparities in Health and Healthcare Utilization
Section 1: Self-Rated Health
Chapter 1: Association between Employment Status and Self-Rated Health: Korean Working Conditions Survey
Kimin Kwon, Jae Bum Park, Kyung-Jong Lee, and Yoon-Sik Cho
Chapter 2: Social Capital and its Association with Health and Well-Being: An Individual-Level Analysis in Seoul, South Korea
Sehee Han, Heaseung Kim, and Hee-Sun Lee
Section 2: Health Insurance & Healthcare Utilization
Chapter 3: Paying Out-of-Pocket for Health Care in Korea: Changes in Catastrophic and Poverty Impact over a Decade of 1996-2005
Chapter 4: Multilevel Analysis of Health Care Service Utilization among Medical Aid Beneficiaries in Korea
Yang Heui Ahn, Ok Kyung Ham, Soo Hyun Kim, and Chang Gi Park
Part II: Health Disparities among Different Population Groups
Section 3: Employee Health
Chapter 5: The Association between Long Working Hours and Self-Rated Health
Jun-Taek Song, Goeun Lee, Jongho Kwon, Jung-Woo Park, Hyunrim Choi, and Sinye Lim
Chapter 6: The Relationship between Night Work and Involuntary Weight Change: Data from the Fifth Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES 2010–2012)
Jongho Kwon, Jung-Woo Park, Jin-Soo Park, Seyoung Kim, Hyunrim Choi, and Sinye Lim
Chapter 7: The Association between Korean Employed Workers’ On-Call Work and Health Problems, Injuries
Chulin Baek, Jae Bum Park, Kyungjong Lee, and Jaehyuk Jung
Chapter 8: Factors Associated with Health-Related Quality of Life in Korean Older Workers
Sujin Hong, Harin Jeong, Yunjeong Heo, Hosun Chun, Jongtae Park, and Daeseong Kim
Chapter 9: Hazards and Health Problems in Occupations Dominated by Aged Workers in South Korea
Jungsun Park, Soo Geun Kim, Jong-shik Park, Boyoung Han, Kab Bae Kim, and Yangho Kim
Section 4: Elderly Health
Chapter 10: Relation between Overall Health Status and Environmental Satisfaction of Community Elders
Seonhye Lee, Chang Heon Cheong, and Jimee Kim
Chapter 11: The Effect of Health and Functional Limitation on Sexual Life Satisfaction: Evidence from Elderly Korean Couples
Section 5: Children/Adolescents Health
Chapter 12: Mothers’ Working Hours and Children’s Obesity: Data from the Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2008–2010
Goeun Lee and Hyoung-Ryoul Kim
Chapter 13: Subjective and Objective Indicators of Socioeconomic Status and Self-Rated Health in Korean Adolescents
Section 6: Immigrant and Minority Health
Chapter 14: Health Status and Associated Health Risks among Female Marriage Immigrants in Korea
Hyekyeong Kim, Seunghyun Yoo, Seon Cho, Eun-Joo Kwon, Suyoung Kim, and Ji-Youn Park
Chapter 15: The Mental Health of Ethnic Minority Youths in South Korea and its Related Environmental Factors: A Literature Review
Yeeun Lee, Minji Lee, and Subin Park
Editors Jang and Oh, both American-trained sociologists, bring together 15 articles that originally appeared in English in a number of journals published in Korea—seven are from Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. With just a couple of exceptions, the contributing authors come from institutions of higher education or government institutes in Korea. Aimed at readers outside Korea who are interested in health disparities, the essays in this collection explore access to health care as well as the health conditions of populations such as shift workers, night workers, on-call workers, the elderly, female marriage immigrants, and minority youth. Each chapter's careful account of the data bases and methods of analysis used may allow experts on health and public policy to integrate information on Korea into their understandings of health disparities. Recommended.
The prolonged coronavirus crisis has heightened the global awareness of the significance of healthcare industry in each country. This heightened awareness calls for more active research on medical industry and healthcare system not only by medical scientists, but also by social scientists. Given this newly emerging phenomenon, this edited book is very timely. The book examines healthcare disparities in South Korea based on social class, occupation, ethnicity, gender, and age. I believe the book will be of great help to social scientists who conduct research on healthcare disparities in South Korea.
Health consequences of dramatic social and economic changes that Korea has undergone over the past decades are not well understood for non-Korean readers. Health Disparities in Contemporary Korean Society: Issues and Subpopulations, edited by Sou Hyun Jang and Joong-Hwan Oh, successfully compiles 15 essential studies to provide comprehensive understandings of healthcare and healthcare utilization, as well as health differentials across various subgroups in Korea. While most chapters are empirical studies for an academic audience, this book should also be of great interest for a broad audience interested in health and well-being in Korea – a rapidly aging society with growing inequality.