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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2008;14(4):323-332.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2008.14.4.323   
A Study on Health Promotion Behavior and Contraception in Married Immigrant Women
Mi Jong Kim, Tae Im Kim, Yun Jung Kwon
Department of Nursing, Daejeon University, Korea. heetak01@naver.com
The purpose of this study was to identify health promotion behavior and contraception in married immigrant women. METHOD: Seventy-three immigrant women who were married with Korean men were recruited in October 2008. Data was collected by using questionnaires through a personal interview. The collected data was analyzed by descriptive statistics, Pearson's correlation, t-test, and ANOVA. RESULT: The lowest scoring part among health promotion behaviors was exercise. Stress management, eating habits and personal relationships followed. Health promotion behaviors were influenced by the age at marriage, frequency of going out, and health education experiences. Only 35.6% of subjects used contraception. The popular contraceptive methods were IUD, condom, and coitus interruptus. Most subjects got information about contraception from family and friends. 18.1% of subjects had no source of information. The women's education level had a significant influence on their contraceptive knowledge.
Programs for exercise and contraception are needed to improve health promotion behaviors in married immigrant women. Nurses are an important part in health promotion. The role of nurses must be expanded in all communities through various intervention programs.
Key Words: Married immigrant women; Health promotion; Contraception

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