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Journal of the Korean Home Economics Association 2011;49(4):77-91. doi: https://doi.org/10.6115/khea.2011.49.4.077
The Effects of Attitude towards Aging on Successful Aging: The Differences between Single and Couple Aged Family
Sung-Hee Hong1, In-Suk Kwak2
1Department of Consumer Information Science, Keimyung University
2Department of Senior Welfare, Woosuk University
Corresponding Author: In-Suk Kwak ,Tel: +82-63-290-1526, Fax: +82-63-290-1416, Email: kwak1526@yahoo.co.kr
Received: January 31, 2011; Revised: February 11, 2011   Accepted: April 6, 2011.
The purpose of this study was to find out the variables affecting the successful aging of the elderly. To achieve this purpose, a survey was conducted with 388 seniors living in the Jeonbuk area. The data were analyzed using multiple regressions and a path analysis. The major findings were as follows: First, statistically significantly different perception of successful aging was observed according to their marital status. Second, successful aging of the elderly with a spouse was influenced by personal variables, such as their own perception of economic status, gender, education level and physical condition. In contrast, successful aging of the elderly without a spouse was most influenced by social variables, such as family support. Third, the attitude towards aging directly affected successful aging. Various personal and social characteristics indirectly affected successful aging via attitudes towards aging according to the presence of a spouse.
Keywords: successful aging, attitude towards aging, the presence of a spouse
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