J Korean Acad Fundam Nurs.  2011 Nov;18(4):529-537.

Factors Influencing Ego-Integrity in Community Dwelling Elders

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Hanseo University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Dongguk University, Korea. ohwo@dongguk.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was done to identify the relationship of perceived health status, depression, meaning of life, and family function and to ego integrity, and to investigate the main factors influencing ego-integrity in community dwelling elders. METHOD: The research design for this study was a descriptive survey design using a convenience sampling. Data collection was done using self-report questionnaires with 157 community dwelling elders located in 3 cities, Seoul, Seosan and Gyungju. Data analysis was done using SPSS 15.0 pc+ program for descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficients and stepwise multiple regression.
RESULTS
There were significant differences between ego-integrity according to gender, religion, economic level and amount of spending money. Ego-integrity had significant positive correlations with perceived health status, meaning of life, family function and a negative correlations with depression. The major factors that affect ego-integrity in community dwelling elders were self-awareness and acceptance, contentedness with past and present, gender and family function, which explained 62.7% of ego-integrity.
CONCLUSION
Findings from this study provide a comprehensive understanding of ego-integrity and related factors for community dwelling elders.

Keyword

Elders; Ego; Value of Life
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