J Korean Acad Child Health Nurs.  2007 Jul;13(3):329-337.

The Lived Experience of Working Women Raising Children

Affiliations
  • 1College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Korea. ungaekim@pusan.ac.kr
  • 2Pusan National University Hostipal SIC, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Korea.
  • 4Busan Combined Cycle Power Plants Health Care, Korea.
  • 5Yang San Health Care Center, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE: This study was done to describe the essential structure of the lived experience of working women raising children. METHOD: Data were collected from 10 employed women with children who were under 2 years of age. The analysis of the data was done using the phenomenological analytic method suggested by Colaizzi (1978).
RESULTS
In this study, 6 essential themes were extracted: 'knowing by intuition child-rearing is difficult', 'having guilt-conscious of not being able to perform duties as a mother', 'hard work of maintaining two jobs', 'Lost self', 'realizing that one has become amother', 'thirsting for a social support system'.
CONCLUSION
With a rapidly increasing number of working women, the significance of this study in the field of nursing is in understanding the child-rearing experience of working women. The findings indicate the need for a systemic and emotional support system for working women raising children.

Keyword

Working women; Child Rearing; Life Experiences; Qualitative Research

MeSH Terms

Child Rearing
Child*
Female
Humans
Intuition
Life Change Events
Nursing
Qualitative Research
Women, Working*
Child Health
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