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Journal of Korean Academy of psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing 2011;20(4):386-394.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.12934/jkpmhn.2011.20.4.386    Published online December 31, 2011.
The Effect of the Horticultural Activities Program on Loneliness and Life Satisfaction of the Disabled Female.
Hae Jung Lee, Yun Ju Ha
1Graduate School, Health Sciences, Chosun University, Korea.
2Chosun Nursing College, Korea. rrhea@hanmail.net
Abstract
PURPOSE
The research was done to investigate the effect of a horticultural activities program on loneliness and life satisfaction of women who have a disability. METHODS: Participants were 50 disabled women from a welfare center of G district of G city. Data were collected from August 18 to October 20, 2010. The program was provided for 8 weeks. The tool for life satisfaction was Choi's scale (1986) and loneliness was measured with the UCLA Loneliness Scale developed by Russell and translated by Kim & Kim (1989). Data were analyzed using frequency, t-test, and paired t-test with SPSS/WIN 16.0. RESULTS: As a result of the horticultural activities program, the first hypothesis was supported by significantly decreasing of loneliness in the experimental group than in the control one (t=-3.27, p =.002). The second hypothesis was verified by testing variable which was life satisfaction (t=3.39, p =.001). CONCLUSION: The results of the study indicate that this kind of program is effective in decreasing loneliness of women with a disability and in improving their life satisfaction. Horticultural activities programs can be unique interventions leading to a satisfactory life for disabled women.
Key Words: Loneliness; Life satisfaction; Female; Disabled


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