Housing cost burden and material hardship among older adults: How do they influence psychological health?

Gum Ryeong Park, Bo Kyong Seo

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Abstract

OBJECTIVES: Despite a growing body of evidence for the association between housing cost burden and psychological health, few studies have focused on the potential mediators of this association and the extent to which housing cost burden poses a threat to older adults' psychological health. This study aims to assess (a) the link between housing cost burden and psychological health among older adults and (b) how the association is mediated by material hardship. METHODS: Using thirteen waves of a nationally representative longitudinal study in Korea, this study assessed the association between housing cost burden and depressive symptoms among older adults aged 65 or over. Mediation tests were conducted to identify whether material hardship explains the link between housing cost burden and depressive symptoms. We used fixed-effects models to take into account individual-level heterogeneity. RESULTS: Housing cost burden was significantly associated with depressive symptoms among older adults, regardless of their housing tenure status. Different types of material hardship partially mediated the association between housing cost burden and depressive symptoms in older adults. Older adults with severe housing cost burden are more susceptible to all types of material hardship compared to those with a moderate burden. CONCLUSIONS: To contribute further to the social causation discussions, future studies should seek to identify protective factors of depressive symptoms among older adults and other potential mechanisms of the association between older adults' socioeconomic conditions and their psychological health.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Volume37
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2022

Keywords

  • depressive symptoms
  • housing cost burden
  • material hardship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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