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Examining depressive symptoms of visually impaired adults in Korea

한국 후천적 시각장애인의 우울과 영향요인에 관한 연구

  • Kim, Hyemee (Department of Social Welfare, Incheon National University)
  • 김혜미 (인천대학교 사회복지학과)
  • Received : 2016.06.16
  • Accepted : 2016.07.07
  • Published : 2016.07.31

Abstract

This study was designed to examine the depressive symptoms of individuals who became visually impaired and identify factors associated with the symptom. For the analysis, data from the Korean National Survey of Individuals with Disability 2014 was used. Adults between the ages of 20 and 60 years who became visually impaired after the first year of birth were included with a total of 235 individuals in the final sample. To identify the determinants of their depressive symptoms, a multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted. The results showed that about twenty percent of the respondents reported having depressive symptoms in the past year. Among the sociodemographic factors, age, gender, and marital status were identified as significant predictors, while smoking status, stress level, and self-reported health status were identified as important health-related predictors. Among the disability-related factors, the length of disability and activities of daily living level were found to be significantly associated with the likelihood of experiencing the symptom. The results indicate the need for practitioners working with visually impaired populations to be better aware of the risks of depression and develop a wide array of preventive measures and techniques to work with individuals suffering from depression.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 인천대학교

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