JU HYUN, KIM is a professor in Chungnam National University. Her research interests include family and social policy, Gerontology, Social welfare. Her research interests include family and social policy, Gerontology, Social welfare. She leads a team (P.I.) for the research on ageism in Korea and its implications for integrating Korean society. She is currently interested in the social rights and discrimination of elderly in Korea and Japan.
There are some of recent publications: “Productive Activity and Life Satisfaction in Korean Elderly Women” in Journal of Women Aging (2013), “Do Part-time Jobs Mitigate Workers’ Work-Family Conflict and Enhance Well-being? New Evidence from Four East-Asian Societies” in Social Indicator Research (2015), “Intergenerational Transfers Between Young Adult Children and Their Parents in Korea” in Journal of Comparative Family Studies (2017).
The Effects of Subjective Health Status and Loneliness on Depression among Older Adults: Focusing on Moderated Mediation Effects of Age-friendly Environments
It has been reported that health status and loneliness, respectively, are major factors influencing depression among older adults. Meanwhile, there is the possibility that health status indirectly affects depression via its close relationship with loneliness. With regard to this indirect effects, however, age-friendly environments can make differences by providing community resources which help to compensate weakness of declining physical function and limited social participation due to vulnerable health status of older adults. In this context, this study examined moderated mediation effects of age-friendly environments on the indirect path from subjective health status to depression through loneliness. 615 adults aged 50 years and over of ‘2017 age integration survey’conducted nationally by Ewha Institute for Age Integration Research(EIAIR) are analyzed. As a result, the tendency that poor subjective health status indirectly increased depression with mediated by loneliness was promoted in less age-friendly environments. Consequently, the efforts to improve environmental conditions of less age-friendly communities are required first to prevent of older adults’ depression caused by poor health status and loneliness.