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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2010;19(3):252-260.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2010.19.3.252    Published online September 30, 2010.
Mediating Effect of Self-efficacy in the Relationship between Irrational Belief and Mental Health of Korean Soldiers.
Myung Sun Hyun, Hee Sun Kang, Kyoung A Nam
1School of Nursing, Ajou University, Korea.
2Department of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Korea.
3Division of Nursing, Hallym University, Korea. namka@hallym.ac.kr
This study was done to examine the association among irrational belief, mental health, and self-efficacy, and explored the mediation of self-efficacy in the relationship between irrational belief and mental health of Korean soldiers. METHODS: A cross sectional study design was employed. The participants were 118 soldiers who signed consent forms. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficients, and multiple regression analysis. RESULTS: Irrational beliefs were positively correlated with mental health problems, and self-efficacy was negatively correlated with irrational beliefs and mental health problems. Self-efficacy acted as a mediator in the relationship between irrational beliefs and mental health problems. CONCLUSION: The study results suggest that effective interventions to reduce mental health problems of soldiers should apply strategies to change irrational belief and increase self efficacy. These results also provide more empirical support to the hypothesis that self-efficacy serves as a mediator in a mental health.
Key Words: Soldier; Irrational belief; Mental health; Self-efficacy


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