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The Effects of Ego Integrity Trait of Elderly Persons on Life-sustaining Treatment Preferences

노인의 자아통합적 특성이 연명치료 선호도에 미치는 영향

  • Lee, Mee-Ae (Hansei University, Div. of Humanities & Community)
  • 이미애 (한세대학교 인문사회학부)
  • Received : 2015.12.22
  • Accepted : 2016.02.20
  • Published : 2016.02.28

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to attempt to analyze factors affecting elderly persons' life-sustaining treatment preferences, focusing on ego integrity trait. This study used data from Elderly Profiles and Welfare Needs of the Elderly Persons(2014). The analysis sample was 10,451 cases. 86.4 percent of the sample responded that they disagree with life-sustaining treatment. Analysis results are as follows: being female(${\beta}=-.045$, p<.001), the younger(${\beta}=-.024$, p<.05), having more education years(${\beta}=.027$, p<.05), higher satisfaction of life(${\beta}=.022$, p<.05), responding that they had thought about their own funeral(${\beta}=.032$, p<.01), responding that they had used senior centers over the last one year(${\beta}=-.038$, p<.01) are related to disapproval of life sustaining treatment. This research shows that ego integrity trait such as satisfaction of life, or accepting and preparing one's own death, is related to disapproval of life-sustaining treatment.

Keywords

life-sustaining treatment preferences;ego integrity;well-dying;Erickson;interdisciplinary

Acknowledgement

Supported by : Hansei University

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