Marital Intimacy and Quality of Life in Women With Breast Cancer

유방암 여성이 인식한 배우자와의 친밀감과 삶의 질

  • 정재원 (서울대학교 간호대학) ;
  • 황은경 (서울대학교 유방센터) ;
  • 황신우 (서울대학교 간호대학 대학원)
  • Received : 2009.06.15
  • Accepted : 2009.07.30
  • Published : 2009.08.31

Abstract

Purpose: The study was aimed to investigate the levels of marital intimacy and quality of life (QOL) among women with breast cancer. Methods: As a descriptive study, a total of 67 married women with breast cancer was recruited via convenient sampling from a breast clinic in an university hospital. A structured, self-reported questionnaire was administered to the participants. Results: The most participants were housewives in their 40s and 50s, and were in high socioeconomic status. Two thirds of women perceived the marital intimacy with their spouse were increased after the diagnosis of breast cancer. Women's marital intimacy significantly differed by their levels of education. The level of cognitive intimacy was the highest among the subscales, whereas, sexual intimacy was the lowest. The family factor of QOL showed the highest score, and there were differences in QOL by employment status and cancer stage. The QOL and marital intimacy were not correlated significantly. Conclusion: Further research on the couples with breast cancer and intervention for increasing their marital intimacy are needed in the future.

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