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The Journal of Korean Academic Society of Nursing Education 2012;18(3):436-445.
Published online December 31, 2012.
A Study on Social Support Networks for Each Life-cycle Stage of Adults
Jeong, Chu-Ja;Lee, Sun-Ock;Kang, Jung-Hee;Kim, Jeong Ah;Kim, Hye-Ryoung;Oh, Kyong-Ok;Lee, Sook-Ja;Jun, Hoa-Yun;Hong, Sung Kyung;
1Department of Nursing, Hanzhong University
2Department of Nursing, Korea National Open University
3Department of Nursing, Kyungbok University
4Department of Nursing, Semyung University
5Department of Nursing, Inje University
6College of Nursing, Chungnam National University
7College of Nursing, Korea University
8Department of Nursing, Dongnam Health College
9Department of Nursing, Dongnam Health College
성인기의 생애주기별 사회적지지망 연구
정추자, 이선옥, 강정희, 김정아, 김혜령, 오경옥, 이숙자, 전화연, 홍성경
The purpose of this study was to identify social support networks for each life-cycle stage of adults. Method: A total of 1,047 subjects included 454 young adults, 262 middle-aged adults and 331 senior adults. Data were collected using Oh's Korean Version Norbeck's Social Support Questionnaire (NSSQ), and analyzed using descriptive statistics, t-test, and ANOVA. Result: For the young adults, parents were the top and second priority as important social support resources, the third was siblings, and then friends. For the middle-aged, spouse was the first priority as an important social support resource, while the second and the third were children. For the senior adults, children ranked from the top to the seventh priority. The mean number of social support resources was 13.23 for the young adult, 12.93 for the middle-aged and 5.30 for the senior adults. Social support networks of the young adults significantly differed according to gender and marital status. That of the middle-aged significantly differed according to family size. In addition, that of the senior adults was significantly different according to marital status, economic status, religion and family size. Conclusion: It is essential to consider social support networks for each life-cycle stage of adults when making a social support intervention program.
Key Words: Social support, Social support network, Life-cycle stage, Adult
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