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Journal of Korean Academy of Child Health Nursing 2007;13(3):329-337.
The Lived Experience of Working Women Raising Children.
Nae Young Lee, Young Hae Kim, Mi Jee Koo, So Hee Kim, Young Mi Kim, Koung Oh Chang
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.
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.
Key words: Working women; Child Rearing; Life Experiences; Qualitative Research
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