J Agric Med Community Health.  2014 Jun;39(2):81-93.

The factors associated with suicidal ideation among the elderly living alone received the elderly care service in a rural area

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Public Health, The Graduate School of Chosun University, Korea.
  • 2Department of Health Administration, Seonam University, Korea.
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Chosun University, Korea. canrsy@chosun.ac.kr
  • 4Department of Physical Therapy, Seonam University, Korea.
  • 5Department of Clinical Laboratory Science, Hanlyo Uviversity, Korea.

Abstract


OBJECTIVES
The objective of this study was to identify the factors associated with suicidal ideation among the elderly living alone received the elderly care service in a rural area.
METHODS
This study was surveyed 206 the elderly living alone who received the elderly care service in G-gun, Jeollanamdo. The collected data were socio-demographic and health-related characteristics, family support and suicidal ideation. The used methods for statistical analysis were used t-test, analysis of variance, Pearson's correlational analysis and the multiple logistic regression analysis.
RESULTS
In univariate analysis, the suicidal ideation of the elderly living alone was statistically significant associated with age, monthly income, sufficiency of sleeping, depression, stress, activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, perceived health status and family support. As a result of multiple regression analysis, the associated factors with suicidal ideation were age, depression, stress and the activities of daily living.
CONCLUSIONS
The suicidal ideation of the elderly living alone in the rural area was associated with age, mental health and independency of living. It will be needed the multidisciplinary approaches to prevent the suicidal ideation and attempts of the elderly living alone.

Keyword

Activities of Daily Living; Aged; Depression; Stress; Suicidal ideation
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