Study on the Early Detection of Mental Health Problems in the Elderly and the Utilization of Related Services

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  • 박경순 (연세대학교 고령화융복합연구센터) ;
  • 박영란 (강남대학교 실버산업학과) ;
  • 손덕순 (용인송담대학교 사회복지과) ;
  • 염유식 (연세대학교 사회학과)
  • Received : 2019.07.08
  • Accepted : 2019.08.09
  • Published : 2019.09.28


This study aims at investigating the major symptoms that help family carers detect mental illness in elderly patients. Another purpose of this study is to empirically verify the major factors determining the utilization of mental health services with a focus on family carers. The results of this study are as follows. First, the most commonly detected symptoms that caused the family carers to suspect mental illness in the elderly patients were memory decline and other forms of cognitive function decline. Second, the determinants of the elderly's utilization of mental health services included the patient's long-term care insurance level, the age of the family carer, the period of care, the level stress associated with the provision of care felt by the carer, his understanding of geriatric mental illness, and the level of perception about community mental health services. Based on these findings, this study suggests policies and practical implications for the early detection of and response to elderly mental health problems and the utilization of related services from the viewpoint of the family carers of the elderly.


Supported by : 한국연구재단, 보건복지부


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