Social networks and health-promoting behaviors among North Korean refugees in South Korea.

Academic Article


  • Poor health behaviors among North Korean refugees (NKRs) in South Korea are serious risk factors hindering their overall well-being. Despite their significance, little is known about the roles of social networks in promoting health behaviors of NKRs. Thus, we examined how social network characteristics were associated with health-promoting behaviors among 202 NKRs. We found that social networks featuring members of religious organizations were positively associated with overall health-promoting behaviors, health responsibility, exercise, and nutrition, whereas networks with South Korean friends were negatively associated with nutrition. Findings suggest that health interventions facilitating religion-based network ties may promote health behaviors among NKRs.
  • Authors

  • Jeong, Chung Hyeon
  • Um, Mee Young
  • Yoo, Joan P
  • Palinkas, Lawrence A
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • October 2020
  • Published In


  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Promotion
  • Health Status
  • Health-promoting behaviors
  • Humans
  • Male
  • North Korean refugees
  • Refugees
  • Republic of Korea
  • Social Networking
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • South Korea
  • social networks
  • social support
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 33292084
  • Start Page

  • 738
  • End Page

  • 750
  • Volume

  • 59
  • Issue

  • 9-10