Factors Associated with Depression among The Elderly in Taiwan


Yuni Asri, Kun-Yang Chuang

 

Taipei Medical University

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Depression in later life, traditionally defined as age older than 65, is associated with disability, increased mortality, and poorer outcomes from physical illness. This study ai­med to analyze factors associated with depression among the elderly in Taiwan.

Subjects and Method: This was a cross sectional study conducted in Taiwan from 2016 to 2017. A sample of sveral elderly was selected for this study. The dependent variable was dep­res­sion. The independent variables were marital status, employment status, health status, bodily pain, sleep quality, physical function, and family support. The data of depression were measured by Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D) and analyzed by a multiple logis­tic regression.

Results: Marital status, employment status, health status, bodily pain, sleep quality, physical func­tion, and family support, were associated with depression.

Conclusion: Depression is associated with biopsychosocial factors. A comprehensive preven­tion and treatment intervention for geriatric depression need to account for such factors.

Keywords: depression, elderly, Taiwan

Correspondence: Yuni Asri. Taipei Medical University, Taiwan. Email: yuniasripurnomo@yahoo.com

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.01.46

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