A Convergence Study on the Adaptation Experience of in Self-help Group of Depressed Elderly with Suicidal Thought

자살 생각을 가진 우울증 노인의 자조집단 내의 적응 경험에 관한 융합적 연구

Song, Chung-Sook;Kim, Jinju;Jung, Sun-Young

  • Received : 2018.11.06
  • Accepted : 2019.01.20
  • Published : 2019.01.28


Purpose: The depression of the elderly in recent years has been increasing every year due to the remarkable change of the psychological function, which has a great influence on the life. Depression which is a powerful predictor of suicide in elderly people, causes various psychological and social problems. In this study, we try to understand convergently about the adaptation experiences of the depressed elderly with suicidal ideation. Procedures and Methods: Seven elderly people with a GDS(Geriatric Depression Scale) score of ${\geq}17$ and a SSI(Scale for Suicidal Ideation) score of ${\geq}9$ in the self-help group were interviewed until theoretical saturation. Data were analyzed based on the Grounded theory method. Results and Contribution: Depressed elderly recognized the importance of being the center of their lives through interactions with peer groups and they started to embrace their lives. Further studies: Empirical studies on positive interactions with peer groups affecting the adjustment experience of depressed elderly should be expanded and continued.


Suicide ideation;Depression;Elderly;Adaptation;Experience