Marital Decision Process of Older Women and Younger Men Couple: Focusing on 30-40 years old Women

연상녀-연하남 부부의 결혼결정 과정: 30-40대 여성의 경험을 중심으로

  • 이세란 (한국상담대학원대학교) ;
  • 김현주 (한국상담대학원대학교 부부가족상담전공)
  • Received : 2016.09.30
  • Accepted : 2016.12.17
  • Published : 2016.12.31


The purpose of this study was to explore the marriage decision-making process and experience of the 'Older women-Younger men couple' and presenting a substantive theory to explain the decision-making process that married women experience of 'Older women-Younger men couple'. This in-depth interviews were conducted 11 female people among 32-48 years of 'Older women-Younger men couple.' Analysis of the data was applied to the "grounded theory" method of Qualitative research methods suggested by Strauss and Corbin(1998). Research questions of this study is that what is the experience of the marriage decision-making process to 'Older women-Younger men couple?'. After analyzing the data to the grounded theory method 75 concepts and 29 sub-categories, 14 categories were derived. Older women experienced a central phenomenon of 'ambivalence of love and anxiety'.'Older women-Younger men couple's marriage decision-making process of the women had to 'step adjustment', 'acceptable level', 'Step enacted', and 'Older women-Younger men couple's core category of married women in the decision-making process' was 'Intimacy based on the trust each other beyond the prejudices of the differences'. This study is meant by presenting the basic data provided professional counseling intervention measures for 'Older women-Younger men' couple by collectively Understanding the decision-making process of Older women-Younger men couple married.