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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2016;25(3):195-206.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2016.25.3.195    Published online October 26, 2016.
A Study on the Experience of Depression in Elderly Women Living Alone.
Mi Ra Won, Kwang Ja Lee
1Department of Nursing, Daewon University, Jecheon.
2College of Nursing, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea. happysgmr@mail.daewon.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study was done to explore the experience process for depression in elderly women living alone. METHODS: Data was analyzed using Strauss and Corbin's Grounded theory. The twelve participants were elderly women living alone, aged 65 to 80 years. RESULTS: From the participants' statements, 116 concepts, 43 sub-categories and 16 categories were extracted by an open coding process. Core category was 'wandering in a waste land'. The experience process leading to depression in elderly women living alone had 4 phases: loss, emptiness, struggle and response. CONCLUSION: The findings in this study on the experience of depression in elderly women living alone can be used for evidence in a detailed assessment, early detection and prevention of depression in elderly women living alone.
Key Words: Aged; Women; Depression; Grounded theory


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