Effect of Regular Exercise on Depression among Korean Older Adults

노인의 규칙적 운동이 우울에 미치는 효과 분석과 이론 검증

  • Received : 2014.05.31
  • Accepted : 2014.08.20
  • Published : 2014.11.30

Abstract

This study performed a series of analyses to examine the effects of regular exercise on depression using data from the HAS (Hallym Aging Study) and the KLoSA(Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing). The effect of regular exercise on depression was tested through propensity score matching methods. In addition, analyses of five indirect effect models were performed to verify a theoretical description about how regular exercise has an effect on depression. The results of analysis were as follows. First, it was found in the two samples that elderly people who exercise regularly have a lower level of depression compared to those who do not. Second, the results of analysis of five indirect effect models were all significant. The psycho-physiological models showed the effect of regular exercise on depression using ADL(Activities of Daily Living) and grip strength. The psycho-social models also demonstrated the effect of regular exercise on depression using variables related to social activities. Based on these findings, intervention strategies to prevent depression was discussed.

Keywords

depression;regular exercise;propensity score analysis;theory test

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단