Developmental Trajectories and Predictors of Social Exclusion Among Older Koreans: Exploring the Multidimensional Nature of Social Exclusion

  • Soondool Chung
  • Haesang JeonEmail author
  • Ahyoung Song
  • Ju-Hyun Kim


The purpose of this paper was to investigate the developmental patterns of social exclusion among older Koreans over time. In addition, we identified the significant determinants that may increase the risk of social exclusion among older Koreans. The analyses were based on the panel data from the Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing and included older adults from 2008 to 2012 (N = 24,074) for the final analysis. Social exclusion was categorized into four different sub-dimensions: financial, social relational, social cultural, and emotional. The analysis was based on a semi-parametric group-based approach followed by multinomial logistic regression. The results showed considerable variations and different developmental trajectories by the social exclusion sub-dimensions among older Koreans; in particular, the results showed that being older, male, and less educated were significant indicators of social exclusion. This study adds to the limited body of literature on longitudinal studies of social exclusion among older Koreans, and the results will help develop interventions for older Koreans who are socially isolated.


Social exclusion Korean older people Korean Longitudinal Study of Ageing (KLoSA) 



This study was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea #NRF-2016-S1A3A2924582.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Soondool Chung
    • 1
  • Haesang Jeon
    • 2
    Email author
  • Ahyoung Song
    • 3
  • Ju-Hyun Kim
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Social WelfareEwha Womans UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Research Center for Gender-based Violence and SafetyKorean Women’s Development InstituteSeoulKorea
  3. 3.Department of Social WelfareGachon UniversitySeongsnam-siKorea
  4. 4.Department of SociologyChungnam UniversityDaejeonKorea

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