Effects of Participation in Adult Education on Cognitive Function: The Mediating Effect of Relationship with Children among Older Adults

노인의 교육참여가 인지기능에 미치는 영향: 자녀관계 만족도의 매개효과를 중심으로

  • Lee, Sungeun (Dept. of Social Welfare Pusan National University)
  • Received : 2016.03.09
  • Accepted : 2016.04.21
  • Published : 2016.05.31


This study was conducted to investigate the effects of participation in adult education on cognitive function, and the mediating effects of relationships with children among older adults. This study employed data from the 2011 Elderly Survey, and a total of 8,668 older adults over 65-years old were used for analysis. Multiple linear regression analyses were used to examine the mediating effect of relationship with children based on the approach proposed by Baron & Kenny (1986). The results showed that participation in adult education increased cognitive function of older adults. Adult education participation also increased satisfaction with relationship with children, and relationship with children was found to have a mediating effect. These findings suggest that there is a need to recognize the importance of the relationship between older adults and children when developing education programs for older adults.


Supported by : Pusan National University


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