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Comparison of the Factors Related to Depression of the Female Elderly Living Alone by Region
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  • Journal title : Korean Journal of Human Ecology
  • Volume 24, Issue 6,  2015, pp.811-827
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Human Ecology
  • DOI : 10.5934/kjhe.2015.24.6.811
 Title & Authors
Comparison of the Factors Related to Depression of the Female Elderly Living Alone by Region
Kim, Eunkyung;
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The purpose of this study was to explore the factors related to depression of female elderly living alone by region. Data for this study was based on the 2011 National Survey on Elderly. Total of 1,684(689 rural elderly, 995 urban) community samples of female elderly living alone participated in this study. Even though there was no difference of depression score by region, this study found that the effects of factors on depression were significantly different by region. Yearly income, subjective health, balanced exchange of emotional support and satisfaction with their children were significantly associated with depression of both rural and urban female elderly living alone. For rural female elderly living alone, average daily television viewing time, number of close friends and frequency of contact with friends/neighbors were significant predictors to their depression. In the case of urban female elderly living alone, exercise, frequency of message, email or telephone contact with friends/ neighbors and balanced exchange of economic support contributed significantly to the prediction of depression. Subjective health had the strongest effect on depression for both rural and urban female elderly living alone.
rural female elderly living alone;depression;social support;leisure activity;
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