Korean J Adult Nurs.  2016 Oct;28(5):501-513. 10.7475/kjan.2016.28.5.501.

Attitude Styles toward Holistic Health in Male Baby Boomers using Q-methodology

  • 1College of Nursing, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 2Department of Nursing, Taegu Science University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 3Department of Nursing, Gyeonnam Provincial Geochang Colleage, Geochang, Korea.
  • 4College of Nursing · The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea. hskim4114@nate.com


The purpose of this study was to identify attitudes of male baby boomer toward holistic health using Q-methodology.
Q-methodology is analysed through the subjectivity of each type of attitudes. Thirty-five q-statements were selected from a total of 145 statements. These statements were categorized into six areas (Physical, psychological, spiritual, work and leisure, love and friendship, culture). The recruited P-sample consisted of thirty-four male baby boomers from one town and two cities. The 35 selected Q-statements from each of 35 participants were classified into the shape of a normal distribution using a 9-point scale. The collected data were analysed using the PQMethod Program 2.11.
Four types of male baby boomer attitudes towards holistic health were identified. The first is a relationship oriented-marital relationship oriented type, the second type is an economic oriented- job seeking type, the third type is a nature friendly oriented-independent living type, and the fourth type is health oriented-physical health seeking type.
The results of this study indicated that different approaches to holistic health promotion program could be developed based on the four types of holistic health attitudes among baby boom generation males in Korea.

MeSH Terms

Holistic Health*
Leisure Activities
Population Growth*


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