Women in Early Adulthood Have More Negative Self-perception and Stronger Suicide Impulse than Men | Be Korea-savvy

Women in Early Adulthood Have More Negative Self-perception and Stronger Suicide Impulse than Men

(image: Korea University Anam Hospital)

(image: Korea University Anam Hospital)

SEOUL, June 30 (Korea Bizwire)A recent survey has revealed that women in early adulthood between the ages of 20 and 27 have more negative self-perception and stronger suicide impulses than their male counterparts.

This is primarily because South Korean society expects uniform value from women, resulting in an increase in the number of women suffering from inner conflict.

According to the report titled “The Korean Educational Longitudinal Study on the Difference in Perception About Early Adulthood Life and Performance by Gender” released by the Korea Educational Development Institute (KEDI) on Monday, men scored consistently higher than women in self-perception over the period from 2011 to 2018.

Starting in 2005 with 6,908 seventh graders, the study carefully monitored the change in the participants’ self-perception during the period from 2011 when they turned 20 to the year 2018.

Self-perception was assessed on a five-point scale, with five representing perfect self-perception. The higher the score, the more positive self-perception is.

In the category of academic self-perception, male participants maintained an average score of 3.17 points since 2014, but for women the score fell from 3.10 points in 2014 to 3.04 points in 2018.

Even for non-academic self-perception covering social, emotional and physical self-perception, male participants scored higher, ranging from 3.51 to 3.62 during the 2011 to 2018 period, compared to female counterparts at 3.41 to 3.52 points.

In the category of life satisfaction, for which the perfect score is 100, male participants consistently showed higher scores than their female counterparts.

In 2018, male participants scored 69.47 points in life satisfaction, higher than female participants’ 68.19.

At 27.6 percent, more than a quarter of female participants turned out to feel suicide impulses occasionally or frequently, about twice as high as the 13.86 percent reported by male participants.

J. S. Shin (js_shin@koreabizwire.com)

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