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Loneliness, depression and health status of the institutionalized elderly in Korea and Japan

Title
Loneliness, depression and health status of the institutionalized elderly in Korea and Japan
Authors
Kim O.Byeon Y.-S.Kim J.-H.Endo E.Akahoshi M.Ogasawara H.
Ewha Authors
변영순김옥수
SCOPUS Author ID
변영순scopus; 김옥수scopus
Issue Date
2009
Journal Title
Asian Nursing Research
ISSN
1976-1317JCR Link
Citation
vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 63 - 70
Indexed
SCIE; SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Purpose The purpose of the study was to describe loneliness, depression, and health status in Korean and Japanese institutionalized elderly and explore differences between the countries. Also this study determined predictors of depression in each group. Methods Elderly subjects, aged 65-98 (n = 184), were recruited from private nursing homes in Korea and Japan. Subjects were interviewed on health status, loneliness, and depression. Results Korean subjects had higher loneliness scores than Japanese. More Korean elderly had depressive symptoms than Japanese elderly. The mean GDS score of Korean elderly was 8.07 and that of Japanese elderly was 5.21. Korean elderly had less physical function, and perceived their general health to be poor. Loneliness and perception of general health were significant predictors of depression in Korean and Japanese subjects. Conclusion It is necessary to assess the levels of loneliness and depression of institutionalized Korean elderly and pursue an intervention to reduce these problems.
DOI
10.1016/S1976-1317(09)60017-7
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