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A Comparative Study on Elderly Suicide Rates in Korea and the United States and Its Implications

한·미 노인자살률의 비교 연구와 정책적 시사점

  • Received : 2015.12.16
  • Accepted : 2016.02.20
  • Published : 2016.02.28

Abstract

Any comparative study has not been done between Korea and a certain country about the social economic factors of elderly suicide rates, even though there has been comparative studies among several nations. Therefore, this study is going to reveal how the macro-social economic factors are related to elderly suicide rates based on Korea and the United States, which show great gap of elderly suicide rate and have completely different aspect of increasing and decreasing rate of elderly suicide, as members of OECD. For this, trend analysis has been done between elderly suicide rates of both Korea and the United States for the past twenty years(1990-2009) and social economic factors, and correlation analysis also has been done at the same time. After all, this study is going to suggest policy implications for the prevention of elderly suicide in our society based on the results of the analysis.

Keywords

elderly suicide rates;comparative study;socio-economic factor;prevention;policy implications

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 한국연구재단

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