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The impact of living arrangements on quality of life among Korean elderly: findings from the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging (2006-2012)

Authors
 Juyeong Kim  ;  Young Choi  ;  Sohee Park  ;  Kyoung Hee Cho  ;  Yeong Jun Ju  ;  Eun-Cheol Park 
Citation
 QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH, Vol.26(5) : 1303-1314, 2017 
Journal Title
 QUALITY OF LIFE RESEARCH 
ISSN
 0962-9343 
Issue Date
2017
MeSH
Aged ; Aging ; Asian Continental Ancestry Group ; Female ; Humans ; Longitudinal Studies ; Marital Status ; Middle Aged ; Quality of Life/psychology* ; Residence Characteristics*
Keywords
Intergenerational relationship ; Living arrangements ; Marital status ; Quality of life
Abstract
PURPOSE: To investigate the impact of different living arrangements on quality of life (QoL) and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in the elderly. METHODS: We used data from the first to fourth wave of the Korean Longitudinal Study of Aging. Using the first wave as a baseline, the data included 5050 individuals aged 60 years and older with at least one living child. QoL and HRQoL were measured using a visual analogue scale developed by the Korean Labor Institute that bears similarity to the EQ-VAS. Living arrangements were categorized based on household composition (single household, one-generation household, two-generation household, and three-generation household) and the marital status of a cohabiting adult child. A generalized estimating equation was used to examine the association between living arrangements and QoL/HRQoL. RESULTS: Compared to elderly individuals living in three-generation families with a married child, those in a single household (QoL: β = -2.67 [P = 0.001]; HRQoL: β = -2.24 [P = 0.007]), those living in a three-generation family with an unmarried adult child (QoL: β = -5.19 [P < 0.0001]; HRQoL: β = -3.41 [P < 0.0001]), and those living in a two-generation family with an unmarried adult child (QoL: β = -2.88 [P < 0.0001]; HRQoL: β = -2.80 [P < 0.0001]) were more likely to have lower QoL and HRQoL. These associations were particularly strong for women and individuals in the lowest equivalent household income group. CONCLUSION: It is necessary to devise government programs not only for elderly individuals living alone, but also for those living with an unmarried adult child; elderly persons who are female and part of the lowest equivalent household income group must receive particular attention.
Full Text
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11136-016-1448-6
DOI
10.1007/s11136-016-1448-6
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Park, So Hee(박소희) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8513-5163
Park, Eun-Cheol(박은철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2306-5398
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/154625
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