Korean J Adult Nurs.  2015 Jun;27(3):262-272. 10.7475/kjan.2015.27.3.262.

Mutual Reciprocal Relationship between Ego Integrity and Depression in Elderly: Multi-dimensional Influencing Factors

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  • 1Department of Nursing, Kongju National University, Gongju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Inha University, Incheon, Korea. hsoh@inha.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was conducted to examine the mutual reciprocal relationship between elders' ego integrity and depression including physical and psycho-social predictors of both variables. The study also investigated the significant predictors of elders' ego integrity and depression.
METHODS
Data were collected using a structured questionnaire from 137 elders.
RESULTS
Perceived health status, self-esteem, family interaction, and depression were significant predictors of ego integrity, whereas pain, self-esteem, and ego integrity were significant factors of depression. The results also showed that ego integrity and depression had reciprocal relationship with each other.
CONCLUSION
Psycho-social factors might be more important to improve ego integrity and to alleviate depression in elderly subjects than physical factors.

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