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A Preliminary Study on The Definition of Senior Vitality

  • The Journal of Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Abbr : JTS
  • 2018, 2(2), pp.75-89
  • Publisher : The Society for Transdisciplinary Studies
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Interdisciplinary Research
  • Received : November 26, 2018
  • Accepted : December 26, 2018
  • Published : December 31, 2018

Hyeonju Oh 1 Nara Kim 1 Choi, Kee-Hong 1

1고려대학교

ABSTRACT

With the increase in the absolute number of the elderly population and proportion of the elderly in the composition of population, there is a constant need for societal interest in the elderly population. Although many studies have been conducted to overcome various emotional and cognitive difficulties in the elderly, attempts to understand the vitality of the elderly is quite rare at home and abroad and no effort has been made to define the vitality index in terms of psychological science. The purpose of this study is to examine the perception of senior vitality in order to develop the Senior Vitality Quotient (SVQ) that reflects the changing characteristics of the elderly population and integrally define their life. A focus group interview was conducted on a total of 28 men and women aged sixty-five or older residing in Seoul using the convenience sampling method. Two and a half hours long interviews with high-function elderly focus groups and medium-function elderly focus groups were separately carried out. The results of the study manifested different activities, relationships, values, physical health, emotions, cognition, and vitality of life in each group. The factors showing differences in functional vitality in the elderly shall be discussed based on the SVQ development.

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