BoRin Kim Abstract

Health and Living Arrangements of Older Adults in South Korea: Is Proximate Residence a Distinct Category?

BoRin Kim
PhD candidate, School of Public Health
2013-2014 AKS Fellow

This study investigates the effects of physical and mental health on living arrangements of older Koreans. It focuses on proximate residence as a category which is distinct from co-residence with and distant residence from children. Data were obtained from the 2006 and 2008 Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing, which involves a nationally representative sample of adults over 60 years old with at least one living child (n=5,209). Multinomial logit regressions were used for the analysis. Results. Older South Koreans who lived near their children differed significantly from those who co-resided with children and those who lived away from children in terms of health conditions such as functional status, chronic diseases, and depressive symptoms. The effects of different health conditions on living arrangements vary across marital status. Discussion. This study clarifies that proximate residence is an important living arrangement option for older adults in South Korea where the cultural norm of filial piety and the tendency to value privacy and independence coexist.

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