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KMID : 1025820190270030481
Family and Family Therapy
2019 Volume.27 No. 3 p.481 ~ p.504
The Relationship of Self-Differentiation and Family-related Variables to the Happiness of Middle-aged Women
Lee Dong-Young

Chung Hye-Jeong
Abstract
Objectives: The primary purpose of this study is to investigate the relationships of self-differentiation and family relationship variables to the happiness of middle-aged women.

Methods: A quantitative survey was conducted with 278 women age 40 to 59.

Results: The research findings are as follows. First, analysis considering factors relating to middle-aged women’s basic characteristics indicates significant differences in the happiness of middle-aged women based on the presence of having a job or religion. Second, correlation analysis shows that their happiness is highly correlated with self-differentiation, marital intimacy, parent-child relationships and the presence of biological parents. Third, results of multiple regression analysis investigating factors that affect middle-aged women’s happiness show a significant positive effect of having a professional occupation, followed by having good parent-child relationships, which is found to be one of the significant family relationship variables.

Conclusions: The findings of this research support research on happiness of middle-aged women who are in their longest life span, while simultaneously supporting the development of an important repository of information needed for the consultation of family members and groups.
KEYWORD
Happiness, Self-Differentiation, Middle-aged Women, Family Relationships
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