Effects of Offspring-Related Characteristics on Depressive Disorder among Cancer Patients and Survivors

  • Kim, Jae-Hyun (Department of Public Health, Graduate School, Yonsei University) ;
  • Park, Eun-Cheol (Institute of Health Services Research, Yonsei University) ;
  • Yeom, Hyungseon (Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Yonsei University) ;
  • Kwon, Jeoung A (Cancer Policy Branch, National Cancer Control Institute, National Cancer Center) ;
  • Lee, Sang Gyu (Institute of Health Services Research, Yonsei University)
  • Published : 2015.06.26


Objective: To investigate the influence of offspring-related characteristics on the prevalence of depressive disorders among cancer patients and those who survived cancer for at least 45 years. Materials and Methods: Data were obtained from the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (KLoSA). To investigate the association between offspring and depressive disorder among cancer patients and survivors, we analyzed data from 292 cancer patients and survivors drawn from a total subject pool of 16,613 individuals at baseline. Results: According to our results, the odds ratio (OR) for subjects with five or more offspring developing depressive disorder was -0.794 (p-value: 0.039, SE: 0.329) compared with that of those with two offspring. In addition, the adjusted effect of the number of male and female offspring on the presence of depressive disorder showed that the OR for those with three or more female offspring for developing depressive disorder was -0.958 lower (SE: 0.305, p-value: 0.012) than it was for those with no female offspring. Conclusions: This article provides evidence for an association between offspring-related characteristics and depressive disorders among cancer patients and survivors. Therefore, offspring may be important contributors to the emotional status of cancer patients and survivors. Further study should precisely need to measure depressive disorders because of self-reported data.


Offspring;cancer;depressive disorder;Korea


Grant : 암연구소및국가암관리사업본부 운영비


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