J Korean Acad Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs.  2015 Dec;24(4):290-299. 10.12934/jkpmhn.2015.24.4.290.

Factors of Affecting Suicidal Ideation in Elders Living in own Home

  • 1Department of Nursing, Kunsan National University, Gunsan, Korea. weehwee@hanmail.net


The aim of this study was to investigate factors affecting suicidal ideation in elders who lived in their own home.
A correlative research design was used. Survey was conducted in Jeonbuk province in Korea. Data were collected from July 1 to 30, 2013. Descriptive statistics, Pearson correlation coefficients, and multiple regressions with SPSS 18.0 program were used for data analysis.
The major findings are summarized as follows: (1) Meaning in life had a positive relation to gratitude and a negative relation to depression and suicidal ideation. Gratitude had a negative relation to depression and suicidal ideation. Depression had a significantly positive relation to suicidal ideation. (2) The significant factors affecting suicidal ideation were depression, residential area, subjective economic level, and subjective health status which together explained 36% of the variance. The results indicate that depression was a significant factor associated with suicidal ideation among elders.
In order to decrease suicidal ideation among elders, active intervention for depression is needed. Nurses should consider individual conditions of the client - residential area, subjective economic level, and subjective health status. Also nurses should consider mental, as well as physical health when caring for elders.


Elders; Suicidal ideation

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Research Design
Statistics as Topic
Suicidal Ideation*


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