J Korean Acad Nurs.  2016 Oct;46(5):744-752. 10.4040/jkan.2016.46.5.744.

The Influence of Subjective Health Status, Post-Traumatic Growth, and Social Support on Successful Aging in Middle-Aged Women

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  • 1Graduate School of Nursing, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Dankook University, Cheonan, Korea. hanul96@dankook.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was done to investigate factors influencing successful aging in middle-aged women.
METHODS
A convenience sample of 103 middle-aged women was selected from the community. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire and analyzed using descriptive statistics, two-sample t-test, one-way ANOVA, Kruskal Wallis test, Pearson correlations, Spearman correlations and multiple regression analysis with the SPSS/WIN 22.0 program.
RESULTS
Results of regression analysis showed that significant factors influencing successful aging were post-traumatic growth and social support. This regression model explained 48% of the variance in successful aging.
CONCLUSION
Findings show that the concept 'post-traumatic growth' is an important factor influencing successful aging in middle-aged women. In addition, social support from friends/co-workers had greater influence on successful aging than social support from family. Thus, we need to consider the positive impact of post-traumatic growth and increase the chances of social participation in a successful aging program for middle-aged women.

Keyword

Subjective Health; Post-Traumatic; Social Support; Aging; Middle-Aged
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