The purpose of this study is to explore health behaviors of menopausal women in Nakhon Ratchasima district, Thailand. The subjects of the study consisted of 300 women aged 40 - 59 years living in the Nakhon Ratchasima district. Questionnaires were used to collect the data from October 4, 2010 to February 20, 2011. The research instruments consisted of 2 parts, the demographic data and the health behavior questionnaire. The Cronbach's alpha co - efficient of health behavior questionnaire was 0.91. Data was analyzed by frequency and percentage.
The study found that the health behaviors that menopausal women deemed appropriate were in the following categories; eating habits, sleep pattern, personal hygiene, mental health and stress, and family well - being. Exercise and sexual health were considered inappropriate health behaviors for this group. The result showed that menopausal women lacked knowledge of the affects of hormone on their bodies. From the results, researchers can use the data to plan health promotion activities for pre - menopausal and menopausal women, and to teach women between the time of fertility and menopause to recognize the changes and to act accordingly which will in turn increase their quality of life.
Chatthong Jarupisitphaibun, Boromarajonani College of Nursing, Thailand
Stream: Arts & Humanities
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