The Experience of Reorganization of the Everyday Lives among Middle-aged Women with Hwabyung

화병을 가진 중년여성의 일상생활 재편성 경험

  • Received : 2017.02.28
  • Accepted : 2017.05.15
  • Published : 2017.06.28


This ethnography was done to understand the daily lives and life values of the experience of middle-aged women with Hwabyung. It also focused on how they reorganized their lives to escape their crisis and how they continued living going forward. The participants were 5 middle-aged women with Hwabyung and 2 family members in K city. Data were collected from iterative fieldwork through in-depth interviews and participant observations. Data were analyzed using text analysis and taxonomic method. The reorganization of the everyday lives of participants with Hwabyung started from the perception of family values and the crisis of those values failing. The participants' everyday lives were reconstructed by changing their perspectives on life, and renewing their family relationships. In addition, middle-aged women with Hwabyung managed to cope with their own roles, fill in for the role of husband, and reinforce their capacities. Their children' attitudes and behaviors were also reshaped due to the rearrangement of family roles. These results may help nurses understand and provide culture specific care for the middle-age women with Hwabyung.


Middle-aged Women;Hwabyung;Reorganization of the Everyday Life;Ethnography


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