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The Effects of Social Quality on Suicide Ideation of Korean Elderly

사회적 질이 노인의 자살생각에 미치는 영향

  • Lee, Mee-Ae (Hansei University, Div. of Humanities & Community)
  • 이미애 (한세대학교 인문사회학부)
  • Received : 2014.12.01
  • Accepted : 2015.03.20
  • Published : 2015.03.28

Abstract

Using data from 2011 Elderly Living Condition Survey database, this study analyzed risk factors for suicide ideation of Korean elderly persons. The analysis sample consists of 10,003 cases. The main purpose of this research was to explore the effects of social quality factor on suicide ideation of Korean elderly persons. Analysis results show that gender, age, area of residence, living alone, subjective standard of living, activities of daily living(ADLs), and geriatric depression are significant predictors of suicide ideation. Key findings are that social quality factor such as experiencing feeling hurt from others' words and actions like avoiding conversations, disregarding one's opinions, pretending to be not heard, getting irritated, grumbling, etc. has the largest effects on suicide ideation. Analysis results imply that without improving social quality, it would not be possible to lower elderly suicide rate.

Keywords

suicide ideation;social quality;social network;social kindness;interdisciplinary

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한세대학교

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