Prevalence of Depression and Its' Correlates among Young-old and Old-old Elderly People with Poverty in Korean Urban Community

일 도시지역 국민기초생활보장 수급 대상 전기노인과 후기노인의 우울 유병률과 관련요인

  • 김혜령 (인제대학교 의과대학 간호학과)
  • Received : 2012.05.31
  • Accepted : 2012.08.21
  • Published : 2012.08.30


Purpose: The purpose of this study was to investigate the prevalence of depression and its' correlates among elderly people(young-old vs old-old) with poverty. Methods: The sample was 434 of young-old elderly and 209 of old-old elderly people who were 60 and over and basic livelihood recipient in Korean urban community. Depression was measured by Geriatric Depression Scale by Yesavage et al.(1983) in Korean Version. Results: The prevalence of depression was greater for old-old people(63.2%) compared to young-old people(53.9%). Multivariate logistic regression analysis shows the difference of correlates of depression between young-old and old-old elderly people. Prevalence of depression in young-old people was associated with renting in housing type; bad self-rated health status; lack of regular leisure activity; lack of regular eating habit, whereas old-old people was affected by lower social support; moderate or bad self-rated health status; lack of regular leisure activity Conclusion: The finding of differences in prevalence of depression and its' correlates between young-old and old-old people is expected to promote the screening strategy for elderly at risk of depression in Korean community elderly with poverty.