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Depressive symptoms of house-poor persons: Korean panel data evidence

 Tae-Hoon Lee  ;  Eun-Cheol Park  ;  Woorim Kim  ;  Juyeong Kim  ;  Jaeyong Shin  ;  Tae Hyun Kim 
 International Journal of Social Psychiatry, Vol.62(6) : 569-577, 2016 
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 International Journal of Social Psychiatry 
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Adult ; Aged ; Aged, 80 and over ; Depression/epidemiology* ; Family Characteristics ; Female ; Housing/economics* ; Humans ; Income/statistics & numerical data* ; Longitudinal Studies ; Male ; Mental Health* ; Middle Aged ; Psychiatric Status Rating Scales ; Republic of Korea ; Risk Factors ; Young Adult
Depressive symptom ; house tenure ; house-poor ; housing affordability
BACKGROUND: There are no studies researching the relationship between house-poor persons and mental health. Therefore, this study aimed to investigate the relationship between house-poor status and depressive symptoms. AIM: To examine the relationship between the house-poor and depressive symptoms according to household income. METHODS: Data from the Korean Welfare Panel Study were used. House-poor were defined as people having possession with over 10% house-related interest in disposable income. About 7,565 participants over the age of 19?years were followed up from 2011 to 2013. The generalized estimating equations were used for analysis. RESULTS: Individuals with more house-related debt showed increasingly higher depression scores (possession with under 5% related debt to disposable income β?=?0.2024, p?=?.1544; under 10% β?=?0.7030, p?=?.0008; over 10% β?=?1.3207, p?<?.0001). Individuals possessing houses with over 10% ratio of house-related debts to disposable income had higher depression scores than individuals without house ownership (no possession β?=?0.8927, p?<?.0001). CONCLUSION: Individuals without houses and individuals owning houses with higher percentages of house-related interests showed higher levels of depressive symptoms. Therefore, this study affirmed that the importance of considering the most vulnerable groups in addressing the mental health of individual.
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김태현(Kim, Tae Hyun) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1053-8958
박은철(Park, Eun-Cheol) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
신재용(Shin, Jae Yong)
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