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Depression and Life Satisfaction in Old Age: Policy Implications

  • Crisisonomy
  • Abbr : KRCEM
  • 2017, 13(4), pp.55-68
  • DOI : 10.14251/crisisonomy.2017.13.4.55
  • Publisher : Crisis and Emergency Management: Theory and Praxis
  • Research Area : Social Science > Public Policy > Public Policy in general
  • Received : February 28, 2017
  • Accepted : March 29, 2017
  • Published : April 30, 2017

Cha Eun Jin 1 Kyung Ho Kim 1

1호남대학교

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ABSTRACT

The purpose of this study is threefold: (1) to investigate the causal relationship between depression and life satisfaction in old age; (2) to ascertain whether the impact of depression on life satisfaction is changeable according to the subjective health status of older people; and (3) to draw out policy implications to cope with problems in relation to elderly depression. This study analyzed the 4th wave data from the Korean Retirement and Income Study (KReIS) using the structural equation modeling method. The main results are as follows. First, depression could have a significantly negative effect on life satisfaction. Second, neither subjective physical health status nor subjective mental health status was proved as a significant moderating variable between depression and life satisfaction. Finally, policy implications are discussed in terms of preventing depression and enhancing life satisfaction.

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