The Effect of Information Conditions on Mental Health among Elderly

노인의 정보기기 접근 수준이 정신건강 영역에 미치는 영향

  • Lee, Yoon-Jung (Dept. of Social Welfare for the Elderly, Hoseo Univ.)
  • 이윤정 (호서대학교 사회복지학부 노인복지학 전공)
  • Received : 2013.07.01
  • Accepted : 2013.10.20
  • Published : 2013.10.28


The major aim of this research is to examine the effect of computer and internet literacy and cellular phone possession on depression and suicidal ideation among elderly. This study used data of 2011 national survey results on the elderly life conditions. To determine the effectiveness of computer and internet literacy and cellular phone possession, a total of 6,774 respondents over 60 years of age was selected. The SPSS package was used to analyze the data. Multiple linear regression and logit analysis was run to verify influence of information conditions(computer and internet literacy and cellular phone possession) on depression and suicidal ideation. The results are as follows. First, the elder who is male, younger, has higher education and economic level and lives with spouce is in good information conditions. On the contrary to this, the elder who is female, older, low level of education and economic, single and lives with grandchildren is in information minority group. They have high level of depression and rate of suicidal ideation. Second, computer and internet literacy and cellular phone possession associate with level of depression significantly. Third, computer and internet literacy do not associate with suicidal ideation significantly. The results of this study provide significant source to plan informatization policy and welfare services for socially isolated older people.


elderly;information;communication equipment;depression;suicidal ideation

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