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Association of Family Type with Happiness Attributes Among Older Adults: 2017 Korean Community Health Survey Analysis

Version 1 : Received: 4 February 2020 / Approved: 5 February 2020 / Online: 5 February 2020 (10:33:26 CET)

How to cite: Hwang, E.J.; Sim, I.O. Association of Family Type with Happiness Attributes Among Older Adults: 2017 Korean Community Health Survey Analysis. Preprints 2020, 2020020056 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0056.v1). Hwang, E.J.; Sim, I.O. Association of Family Type with Happiness Attributes Among Older Adults: 2017 Korean Community Health Survey Analysis. Preprints 2020, 2020020056 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202002.0056.v1).

Abstract

This study used secondary data from the 2017 Korean Community Health Survey to compare the associations of socio-physical environment, social support networks, and social activities with happiness among older adults with three different family types. As per the results, there was a significant difference in happiness index between the three groups (F = 86.688, p < .001). Older adults living alone (odds ratio (OR) = 0.75, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 0.57–0.99) and those living with family (OR = 0.80, 95% CI = 0.65–0.99) showed greater happiness as the frequency of contact with family increased. Older adults living with only their spouse showed an increase in happiness when their contact with friends was higher (OR = 0.69, 95% CI = 0.56–0.84). It was confirmed that there were differences in factors influencing happiness according to the family type of the older adults in this study. Therefore, the happiness of older adults needs to be adequately ensured, while considering their various circumstances, including family type.

Subject Areas

older adult; happiness; family type; socio-physical environment; social activities

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