Life Satisfaction, Self-Esteem, and Perceived Health Status Among Elder Korean Women: Focus on Living Arrangements

ji Young an, Kyungeh an, Linda O'connor, Sharon Wexler

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine whether living arrangements significantly affect life satisfaction, self-esteem, and perceived health status of elder Korean women. A total of 121 women aged 65 to 89 was interviewed in an urban community senior center in Korea. The convenience sample was obtained by face-to-face interviews using a structured questionnaire. Life satisfaction, self-esteem, and perceived health status were strongly correlated with each other. Living arrangements significantly affected life satisfaction, self-esteem, and perceived health status. Women who live with their married son had the highest life satisfaction and self-esteem and perceived themselves to be healthier in comparison to their counterparts. Therefore, government programs need to be developed to assist children in caring for their parents to improve their overall well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-160
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Transcultural Nursing
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • elder Korean women
  • life satisfaction
  • living arrangements
  • perceived health status
  • self-esteem

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing

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