Korean J Health Promot.  2015 Jun;15(2):54-62. 10.15384/kjhp.2015.15.2.54.

The Risk Factors of Suicidal Ideation by Age Groups among the Elderly in Korea

  • 1Department of Nursing, Suwon Science College, Hwaseong, Korea. ekkim430@ssc.ac.kr


This study aimed to compare the prevalence and risk factors of suicidal ideation by age groups among the elderly in Korea.
This cross-sectional study used Fifth Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (V-3, 2012). The participants were divided into two age groups: the young-old (n=1,016, 65-74 years), old-old (n=579, 75 years or greater) groups. Multiple logistic regression was used for data analysis.
The prevalence of suicidal ideation was 19.6% of young-old and 22.7% of old-old, respectively. There was no difference on prevalence of suicidal ideation by age groups. Risk factors of suicidal ideation differ by age groups. In the young-old group, higher suicidal ideation showed significant correlation with a higher level of depression, perceived stress and a lower level of education, self-rated health. In the old-old group, higher suicidal ideation showed significant correlation with a higher level of depression, perceived stress, restriction of activity, and pain/discomfort.
Age group-specific nursing strategies may be required for prevention of suicidal ideation in elderly.


Aged; Suicidal ideation; Risk factors

MeSH Terms

Cross-Sectional Studies
Logistic Models
Nutrition Surveys
Risk Factors*
Statistics as Topic
Suicidal Ideation*

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