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Journal of Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing 1997;3(2):139-157.
Factors influencing related Health Promoting Life-Style in Middle-aged Women
Park, M H
Department of Nursing. Andong College, Korea.
Abstract
The purpose of this study is to provide a basis for nursing intervention strategies to enhance health promoting practice that are constructive to a healthy lifestyle. Data were collected through self-reported questionnaires from 281 middle-aged women living in Seoul, Kyeung ki, Taegu, Kyeung pook, and Kyeung nam from July to September 1997. The following instruments were used in the study after some adaption : scale of perceived health status, self-esteem, perceived benefits, family hardiness index, purpose in life, Walker and other health promoting lifestyle profiles. The data were analyzed, by t-test, ANOVA Scheffe's Pearson's correlation & stepwise multiple regression, by using the SAS program. The results are as follows: 1) The average score for the health promoting lifestyle was 2.65. In the sub-categories, the highest degree of practice was self-actualization(2.91), and in the lower degree was health responsibility(2.13). 2) In the relationship between social demographic and health promoting lifestyle there were significant differences in education, occupation, economic status, and type of family. 3) There is a significant correlation between perceived health status, self-esteem, perceived benefits, family hardiness index, existential vacuum and total & subcategory health promoting lifestyles. 4) Existential vacuum was the highest factor predicting a health promoting lifestyle for middle-aged women(38.0%). 5) Existential vacuum, commitment and self-esteem accounted for 45.9% of the total variance.


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