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Baek and Lee: Factors Affecting Suicidal Ideation of the Low-income Elderly Living Alone

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this research is to identify factors affecting suicidal ideation of the low-income elderly.

Methods

The study subjects were lowest-income(basic living allowance) and lower-income elders who were registered for home visiting services at five District Health Centers in Seoul. Interview data were collected from 280 elders and analyzed. Using SPSS/WIN 21, χ2-test and t-test were conducted to analyze the relationship between the subjects' characteristics and their suicidal ideation, and logistic regression was done to identify factors affecting suicidal ideation.

Results

Of the subjects, 48.6% had suicidal ideation for the last one year. Self-evaluated psychological status, quality of sleep, depression, and loneliness were affecting factors to the subjects' suicidal ideation.

Conclusion

Psychological and social factors are strongly related to the suicidal ideation of the elderly who are living alone in metropolitan areas. Therefore, home visiting services should supply physical, psychological and social cares continuously to the low-income elderly, especially those who live alone in metropolitan areas.

Figures and Tables

Table 1
General Characteristics of the Subjects (N=218)
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Note. Except missing data.

Table 2
Health related Characteristics of the Subjects (N=218)
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Note. Except missing data.

Table 3
Relationship between Suicidal Ideation and Subjects Characteristics (N=218)
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Table 4
Factors Affecting Suicidal Ideation
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