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J Korean Acad Adult Nurs. 2005 Jun;17(2):239-247. Korean. Original Article.
Kim JH , Bae KE , Moon HS , Kang HI .
College of Nursing Science, Ewha Woman's University.
Chunchon Sacred Heart Hospital.

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to examine the relationship among body image, depression and sexual function in Korean postmenopausal women. METHODS: Subjects were 96 postmenopausal women who have lived in Korea. Data was collected using Semantic Differential scale, CES-D, and FSFI. RESULTS: The level of body image was positive, depression was mild, and sexual function was moderate. There were no significant correlation between depression and sexual function. The subjects who had more positive body image experienced higher sexual function and less depressed mood. CONCLUSION: These findings showed the need for a knowledge development program for nurses regarding women's sexual function. Also, nurses must do counseling with sexual partner's and consider patients' body image when counseling those who complain of sexual dysfunction

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