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A Study on Risk Factors of Elderly Suicide in Korea

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2016, 12(10), pp.67-85
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general

Cheung Sook Choi 1 han, Ji Woo 2

1강릉영동대학교
2경동대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study describes risk factors for elderly suicide by analyzing the survey data from 366 people who were over 65 years old in a city in Gangwon-do, Korea. A series of statistical methods were used, including descriptive statistics, Pearson’s correlation coefficients, and multiple regression analysis. First, the correlation analysis indicated that suicide rate was negatively related to qualify of life, friends/family/social support and perceived health. Also, we found a positive relationship between suicide rate and depression in population. Second, risk factors of depression, in order of importance, were qualify of life, perceived health and friends/family/ social support. Third, the multiple regression analysis confirmed the effects of all risk factors on elderly suicide and depression. This study highlighting the impacts of depression on elderly suicide suggests a need of developing a depression relief program for elderly as suicide prevention.

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