Relationships of contextual and relational factors to health empowerment in women.

Nelma B Crawford Shearer

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The purpose of this study was to determine the relationships of contextual and relational factors to health empowerment in women with children. This study used a descriptive, correlational design to answer the basic research question: "What contextual and relational factors explain health empowerment in women?" The theoretical framework of health empowerment was based upon a synthesis of social and developmental perspectives and guided by a Rogerian view of the person-environment process. The analytic approach included bivariate correlations and a series of multiple regressions to identify factors explaining health empowerment. The contextual (demographic) and relational (social and professional support) factors explained 38% of the variance in health empowerment measured as knowing participation in change. For health empowerment, measured as lifestyle behaviors, the contextual and relational factors explained 43% of the variance. The results of this study offer partial empirical support for theoretical relationships. Findings provide a basis to generate additional nursing research focusing on the continuous mutual process of human beings and the environment, leading to theory-based interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-370
Number of pages14
JournalResearch and Theory for Nursing Practice
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

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