Title

Lived experience of Thai women and their changing bodies in midlife

Document Type

Journal Article

Faculty

Faculty of Computing, Health and Science

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery / Clinical Nursing and Midwifery Research Centre

RAS ID

15019

Comments

This article was originally published as: Noonil, N., Hendricks, J. M., & Aekwarangkoon, S. (2012). Lived experience of Thai women and their changing bodies in midlife. Nursing and Health Sciences, 14(3), 312-317.

Abstract

This study focused on the lived experience of Thai women and their changing bodies in midlife. The methodology chosen was a phenomenological approach. Eighteen women aged 46-55years, who lived in the southern Thailand and identified themselves as experiencing physiological changes, participated in the study. Five themes became apparent during the analysis of the women's stories: changing in midlife, sensing normal phenomena, searching for explanation, sense of loss, and self-managing. This study reveals that Thai women's traditional ties to Buddhism play a major role in their acceptance of midlife as part of the life cycle; an event that is best managed with support from other women. Health professionals should reconsider their understanding of women's midlife experiences in order to provide effective healthcare support to Thai women.

DOI

10.1111/j.1442-2018.2012.00710.x

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