Life Satisfaction and Depression in the Oldest Old: A Longitudinal Study

Sang Woo Lee, Jae Sung Choi, Minhong Lee

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This study aimed to analyze the effect of individual differences and family variables on life satisfaction and depression in the oldest old compared with the young-old. A total of 1,799 cases from an 8-year period of the Korean Welfare Panel Study (2006–2013) were analyzed. A key finding was that life satisfaction significantly increased with time for the two groups of older adults while depression decreased. Moreover, family relationship satisfaction significantly affected both life satisfaction and depression in both groups. However, its impact was stronger for the oldest old. Finally, individual difference variables, that is, objective life conditions, such as gender, education, and religion, did not have a significant impact on life satisfaction or depression in the oldest old. The results suggest that the oldest old not only face death but also experience continuous growth from a gerotranscendence perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-59
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Aging and Human Development
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jul 1

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ageing
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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