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Factors affecting suicidal risk among elderly women
Journal of the Korean Data & Information Science Society 2021;32:297-307
Published online March 31, 2021;
© 2021 Korean Data and Information Science Society.

Hyenam Hwang1 · Hyesun Byun2

1Department of Nursing, Daegu University
2School of Nursing, Yeungnam University College
Correspondence to: 1Corresponding author: Assistant professor, Department of Nursing, Daegu University, 33 Seongdang-ro 50-gil, Daegu 42400, Korea. Email:
2Associated professor, School of Nursing, Yeungnam University College, Daegu 42415, Korea.
Received December 7, 2020; Revised February 4, 2021; Accepted February 8, 2021.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
The purpose of this study was to identify the factors influencing the suicidal risk by the physical, psychological, and social conditions of the elderly women residing in the community. This study collected data from 137 elderly women as a descriptive survey study. The high-risk group for suicide accounted for 17.5 percent. Suicidal risk has been found to be greater than that of comparison groups in groups such as people without spouses, recipients of basic living, those who feel subjective economic conditions are insufficient, those who do not exercise at all, and those who think they are subjectively unhealthy. The main factors influencing suicidal risk were depression and daily activities. Special attentions are required for elderly women in high-risk suicide groups, and in order to reduce the risk of suicide of female elderly people, there needs to be sought a way of mediating depression and promoting daily activities.
Keywords : Aged, risk, suicide, women.