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Factors associated with depression among older people in Vietnam

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Giang, LT, Nguyen, TT and Thi Tran, NT 2019 , 'Factors associated with depression among older people in Vietnam' , Journal of Population and Social Studies, vol. 27, no. 2 , pp. 181-194 , doi: 10.25133/JPSSv27n2.0012.

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Abstract

Depression is one of the leading causes of disease burdens in recent years, and it is expected to continueto be so in the coming decades. Depression among older people (defined as those 60 years and older) isassociated with disability, increased mortality, and poorer outcomes from physical illness, but it is oftenunder-recognized and under-treated since people know little about the underlying factors influencingit in the elderly, and how they are correlated. This paper aimed to investigate the various factorsassociated with depressive symptoms among Vietnam’s elderly population. We used the first-evernationally representative data for older people, namely, the Vietnam Aging Survey (VNAS) in 2011,along with probit regression models to identify these factors. We found that, for both urban and ruralareas, older people who experienced domestic violence, who did not have enough finance for daily living,and who lived alone were more likely to be depressed than their counterparts. In contrast, marital status,educational level, working status, mutual support between older people and their children, andparticipation in social activities were not factors significantly related to their depression. Due todifferent living conditions and arrangements, the depression contexts of urban and rural older peoplewere significantly determined by different factors, such as the roles in family decision-making and theburden of care of great-grandchildren or other family members.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Giang, LT and Nguyen, TT and Thi Tran, NT
Keywords: aging, depression, healthcare, older people, policy, Vietnam
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Population and Social Studies
Publisher: Mahidol University * Institute for Population and Social Research
ISSN: 2465-4418
DOI / ID Number: 10.25133/JPSSv27n2.0012
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Copyright 2019 Journal of Population and Social Studies.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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