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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/160294
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Korean Women’s Causal Perceptions of Hwabyung
Abstract:
Korean Women’s Causal Perceptions of Hwabyung
Conference Sponsor:Midwest Nursing Research Society
Conference Year:2004
Author:Shin, Dong-soo, PhD, RN
Contact Address:CON, Seoul, Korea
Co-Authors:Hye-Sook Shin, PhD, RN, Professor
Hwabyung is an illness Koreans develop in response to cumulative life stresses and unresolved anger. Symptoms include gastrointestinal disturbances, a sensation of heat on the body and face, and of a lump in the throat. While the DSM-IV-TR classifies Hwabyung as a culture-bound syndrome, little is known about people’s beliefs about Hwabyung. This study elicited Korean women’s perceptions of the life situations that contribute to Hwabyung and delineates a typology of the perceived causative factors for this illness. Conceptual Framework Causal perceptions of illness vary by the individual and play a key role in their health-seeking behaviors and decision-making processes. Common coping patterns of Hwabyung—the suppression or explosion of ‘Hwa’ (define as anger)--may be related to the individuals’ causal perceptions of the illness. Subjects A purposive sample of 20 Korean women were recruited from one clinic that provides traditional Korean and westernized medical services to patients in the Kyunggi area. Inclusion criteria included: 1) the diagnosis of Hwabyung by a traditional doctor or “stress-reaction and depression” by a westernized doctor; and 2) a score greater than 40 on the Hwabyung Self-Report Instrument (HSRI) (Kim, 1997). Methods Surveys using the HSRI and individual interviews using Q-methodology. Q methodology provides a scientific method for identifying perceptional structures that exist with in certain individuals. Results The average age of the participants was 53.7 years (range 35-84). The mean score on the HSRI was 46.2 (range=42-52). Preliminary analysis showed that participants perceived that three life situations caused Hwabyung: financial burdens, lowered self-esteem, and children’s unsuccessful lives. Conclusions Korean women, suffering from Hwabyung, perceive at least three different causal patterns for this illness. Nursing care plans should be tailored to meet these different perceptions.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Midwest Nursing Research Society

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleKorean Women’s Causal Perceptions of Hwabyungen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/160294-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Korean Women&rsquo;s Causal Perceptions of Hwabyung </td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Midwest Nursing Research Society</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2004</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Shin, Dong-soo, PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">CON, Seoul, Korea</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Hye-Sook Shin, PhD, RN, Professor </td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Hwabyung is an illness Koreans develop in response to cumulative life stresses and unresolved anger. Symptoms include gastrointestinal disturbances, a sensation of heat on the body and face, and of a lump in the throat. While the DSM-IV-TR classifies Hwabyung as a culture-bound syndrome, little is known about people&rsquo;s beliefs about Hwabyung. This study elicited Korean women&rsquo;s perceptions of the life situations that contribute to Hwabyung and delineates a typology of the perceived causative factors for this illness. Conceptual Framework Causal perceptions of illness vary by the individual and play a key role in their health-seeking behaviors and decision-making processes. Common coping patterns of Hwabyung&mdash;the suppression or explosion of &lsquo;Hwa&rsquo; (define as anger)--may be related to the individuals&rsquo; causal perceptions of the illness. Subjects A purposive sample of 20 Korean women were recruited from one clinic that provides traditional Korean and westernized medical services to patients in the Kyunggi area. Inclusion criteria included: 1) the diagnosis of Hwabyung by a traditional doctor or &ldquo;stress-reaction and depression&rdquo; by a westernized doctor; and 2) a score greater than 40 on the Hwabyung Self-Report Instrument (HSRI) (Kim, 1997). Methods Surveys using the HSRI and individual interviews using Q-methodology. Q methodology provides a scientific method for identifying perceptional structures that exist with in certain individuals. Results The average age of the participants was 53.7 years (range 35-84). The mean score on the HSRI was 46.2 (range=42-52). Preliminary analysis showed that participants perceived that three life situations caused Hwabyung: financial burdens, lowered self-esteem, and children&rsquo;s unsuccessful lives. Conclusions Korean women, suffering from Hwabyung, perceive at least three different causal patterns for this illness. Nursing care plans should be tailored to meet these different perceptions.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T22:48:24Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T22:48:24Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipMidwest Nursing Research Societyen_GB
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