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Prevalence and Risk Factors of Depression in Low Income Women Elders in Urban Community

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2014, 10(1), pp.167-182
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Hye-Ryoung Kim 1

1인제대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study was to identify the prevalence of depression and risk factors for depression in low income women elders in Korean communities. The sample included 261 who were 60 years of age or over and family members of low income households in a Korean community. Depression was measured using the Korean version of the Geriatric Depression Scale. The prevalence of depression of the study sample was 59.4%. Multivariate logistic regression analysis showed that prevalence of depression in women elders was associated with lack of regular social participation, with 3 or more of comorbidities, poor sleep status, and limited instrumental activities of daily living. The findings from this study can promote screening and prevention strategies for lower income women elders in Korea.

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