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Psychiatry Investigation 2006;3(1):39-45.
Major Social and Clinical Psychopathologies in Korean Children and Adolescents
Dong Hyun Ahn, MD, PhD
Department of Psychiatry, Hanyang University Hospital, College of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
<p class="MsoPlainText" style="word-spacing: 1; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0; margin-bottom: 0" align="left"><font face="HY중고딕" size="2">T</font><font face="HY중고딕" size="2">he Korean society has dynamically changed during the last sixty years, bringing about many problems for children and adolescents. This review looks at four prevalent youth problems, including intra-familial violence and abuse, Internet addiction, social isolation, and excessive pressure in education. Analysis of several domestic articles and bibliographies shows that the mentioned problems may be detrimental to a child's mental health and hinder its normal development. Some phenomena are also closely related to overt clinical syndromes or psychopathologies. The Korean Medical Association initiated a child abuse prevention and treatment program in 2002. Additionally, the Korean Association of Adolescent Psychiatry supported by Prime Ministry Youth Commission is now developing a treatment program and an effective network for the alleviation of Internet addiction in adolescents. Socially isolated adolescents (

) and excessive educational pressure ("

") are a threat to our society due to their complexity and their close relation to the social value system. It is necessary to address these issues.

Key words   Child abuse;Internet addiction;Social isolation;Education;Psychopathology.


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