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Journal of Korean Academy of Women's Health Nursing 1996;2(1):36-46.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4069/kjwhn.1996.2.1.36   
Role Expectation on Spouse of Married Women in Korea
Soon Bok Chang1, Young Ran Tak2
1College of Nursing Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Nursing, Hanyang University, Seoul, Korea
This study sought to investigate the spousal role expectation of married childbearing women in the social milieu. The purpose of this study was to determine the spouse's role expectation which influences marital quality and marital satisfaction, thereby contributing to married women's psychological well-being and family health. Data collection was done in the prenatal care center of 212 early adult, married, middle class women living in the urban area by interview. Using content analysis, 701 answers were recoded by 12 categories of role expectation as family integration, health maintenance, father role taking, personal maturity, communication and respect, social confidence, division of domestic labor, relationship with extended family, recreation and hobby, social support for wife's self actualization, faith in sexual relationship, and security in economic status. The influence of the altered gender role in modern society, women's expectation is derived from somewhat masculinity and feminity in role expectation. The results are discussed in relation to prototype of gender role and relationships. These finding will assist nurse in the understanding and intervening the marital problem and women's health.
Key Words: Spouse role; Married women; Korea

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