The Depressive Symptom and Poverty in Later Life: Interaction Effect between Poverty and Informal Social Relationships

노년기 우울증상과 빈곤 -빈곤과 비공식 사회관계의 상호작용 효과를 중심으로-

  • Received : 2015.10.05
  • Accepted : 2015.12.20
  • Published : 2015.12.28


The main object of the study is to investigate the relationship between depressive symptom and poverty and to analyze the interaction effect between poverty and informal social relationship on depressive symptom. The data for the study is survey data on Life of elderly in Chuncheon Area in 2014. The sample size of the survey is 2,023 and because of missing data, the analysis contains data for 1,934 persons. The survey is conducted by the face to face interview with the questionnaire. Results of the analysis are as follows. First, the poverty shows positive relationship with depressive symptom. Second, the level of contact with children and support exchange with friends show negative relationship with depressive symptom. Third, There is interaction effect between poverty and level of contact with children on depressive symptom.


Poverty;Depressive symptom;Informal social relationship;Elderly;Chuncheon


Supported by : 한림대학교


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