A Study of Factors Affecting on the Preference of the elderly's Mental Health Services Utilization in Rural Areas - Application of Andersen and Newman's Model -

Andersen과 Newman 모델에 근거한 농어촌 지역 노인의 정신건강서비스 이용의향에 관한 연구

  • Lee, Ki-Young (Department of Social Welfare, Pusan National University) ;
  • Choi, Song-Sik (Department of Social Welfare, Pusan National University) ;
  • Park, Hyun-Suk (Department of Social Welfare, Pusan National University) ;
  • Lim, Hyun-Jung (Department of Social Welfare, Pusan National University)
  • Received : 2010.01.08
  • Accepted : 2010.04.14
  • Published : 2010.05.31

Abstract

This study examined the factors affecting the preference for the elderly's mental health services utilization in rural areas. A behavior model developed by Andersen and Newman provided an analytical framework to determine the factors affecting service utilization preferences among 335 elderly people as research subjects. The authors found that the preferences for mental health service utilization were significantly related to the level of education, living alone, presence of grandchildren, participation in social activities, and recognition about the services. Based on the findings, this study suggests that more mental health services for the elderly in rural areas be further developed and strengthened. Also, the elderly who lives alone and lives with grandchildren should have a priority in policy consideration. Multiple approaches are suggested to increase the awareness of mental health services and participation social activities for those older people.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 부산대학교