J Korean Acad Nurs.  2014 Jun;44(3):248-258. 10.4040/jkan.2014.44.3.248.

Development of Reproductive Health Program and Identification of Effect for Married Women Immigrants

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Nursing, Jinju Health College, Jinju, Korea.
  • 2College of Nursing, Institute of Health Science, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea. csy4214@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study was done to develop a reproductive health program to improve reproductive health of women immigrants.
METHODS
The participants in the study were 58 immigrant women who lived in Vietnam, China, Philippines, or Cambodia before marriage. They were assigned to the experiment group (n=29) or the control group (n=29). The reproductive health program for this study consisted of reproductive health education, health counseling, phone monitoring, and emotional support based on Cox (1982)'s Interaction Model of Client Health Behavior and was implemented for four weeks.
RESULTS
There were significant differences in reproductive health knowledge (t=9.78, p<.001), reproductive health attitude (t=6.59, p<.001), and reproductive health behavior (t=5.11, p<.001) within and between groups after the reproductive health program. But there were no significant differences in clinical indicators between the two groups.
CONCLUSION
The results of this study indicate the that reproductive health program for the women immigrants is effective in terms of reproductive health knowledge, reproductive health attitude and reproductive health behaviors. Therefore, nurses in public and private facilities, such as multicultural centers and public health centers in each community, should develop strategies to expand and provide reproductive health programs for women immigrants.

Keyword

Women; Immigrants; Reproductive health
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