For a preliminary study of a social readjust ment rating scale fo r Korea, 623 individuals over 16-years of age were randomly selected and questioned by a paper and pencil 􀂵met hod in Taegu area from M ay 1980 to August 1980. A scale consisting of 54 items was made ranging from the highest score, death of spouse, to the lowest score, change of resi dence. Of all the differences between this study and the studies in America, it was notable that, in Korea, higher stress scores were given, for children care concerns and problems with in-laws, while a lower score for retirement compared with the studies in America. Female showed higher scores than males and. responded particularly sensitively on the problems about marriage. The teenage group and unmarried group noted high stress scores on those problems of sex, study, and peer relationship. Finally the author suggested to do further studies in this field comparing the difference of the Eastern and Western cultural climates.
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