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Korean Journal of Women Health Nursing 2015;21(2):139-149.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.2015.21.2.139    Published online June 27, 2015.
Expectations of Middle aged Women for a life of Happiness to the Spouse
In Ok Sim
Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. hiraly@cau.ac.kr
Abstract
PURPOSE
This study was to define and analyze the expectations of middle-aged woman to their spouse.
METHODS
A sample of 39 middle-aged women was recruited from the workplace, religious organization and acquaintances. The survey was conducted with participants using self-reported questionnaire. The data were analyzed using Q methodology.
RESULTS
There were four different types of expectations of middle-aged women. First type was "Collaborative and self-development type," meaning that women developed self and were collaborated with their family or spouses. The second type was "Maintain their own life" meaning that women recognized and maintained their expertise without interference from their spouses. The third one was "Respect for the inner value" meaning that women gave continued respect and understanding their inner value. The last one was "Realistic acceptance" meaning that women kept the current situation without implementing new self-development type.
CONCLUSION
There is a subjective structure within the types of expectations of middle-aged women for a life of happiness to the spouse.
Key Words: Middle aged women; Spouse; Happiness; Expectation
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