Nursing and Middle Adulthood Stage

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COPING STRATEGIES OF HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS TOWARD CHANGES
EXPERIENCED DURING MIDDLE ADULTHOOD STAGE

Thesis by:

Mary Ann Domingo-Apacible, RN

Submitted to the Faculty of the
Institute of Graduate Studies
Gordon College
Olongapo City

In Partial Fulfilment of the Requirements
For the Degree MASTER OF ARTS IN NURSING

March 2011

CHAPTER I
THE PROBLEM AND ITS BACKGROUND

Introduction
During middle adulthood, the body change physically. It may lose its reproductive capacity; an individual starts having new responsibilities that include caring for young children and older parents. They may lose their hair or have a little extra flab. They may have to take on new responsibilities at work. Many people start to panic and feel they have to re-evaluate their life, job and family critically and make changes while there is still time to do it, because they start realizing they are aging. The term ‘mid life crisis’ describe the crisis that occurs when people stop thinking about their life in terms of things that happen since they were born. Instead people have a tendency to start thinking about how much longer they plan to live (Woman's Healthcare Topics, 2010).

Middle age is characterized by competence, maturity, responsibility and stability. This is the time when one wants to enjoy the success of job, satisfaction derived from the family and social life. People look forward to the success of their children. Attention gets more focused on health, the fate of children, aging parents, the use of leisure time and plans for old age. For women, menopause occurs between the ages forty-five and fifty. Menopause is supposed to be accompanied by some distressing physical and psychological symptoms in women. Men during this period show greater concern towards their health, strength, power and sexual potency.

CHAPTER II
REVIEV OF RELATED LITERATURE AND STUDIES
This chapter consists of various related literature and studies about the coping strategies of healthcare providers towards changes experienced during middle adulthood stage which have been found significant in determining the direction of the proposed study. A. Related Literature

1. Foreign Literature
Individuals become concerned with guiding future generations. Middle adults have a great deal to offer in the way of experience and advice. They can view younger generations with a softer, less critical eye. Competition is less important than before. Middle adults cooperate with others in the work place, particularly after age 50. They are productive and know how to complete tasks quickly, accurately, and efficiently. They base a great deal of creativity on experience. Sometimes, adults entering midlife feel panicky. They may believe other people their age have achieved more and that they must do something creative on impressive before it is too late. Individuals with child bearing responsibilities wonder what they will do when children leave home. Some people at this stage are unable to accept aging and may feel that they have failed to achieve the goals of their youth. Theorists call these circumstances midlife crisis or midlife transition. A midlife transition can involve a sense of failure in the chosen profession, feeling of sexual inadequacy, fear of inevitable death,

CHAPTER III
RESEARCH METHODS AND PROCEDURES

This chapter presents the methods and technique used in this research. This also includes the research design, the source of data, the instruments, the data gathering procedure, the statistical treatment, and the tools on coping strategies of healthcare providers towards changes experienced during middle adulthood stage.

Research Methodology
In order to gather the necessary facts and figures regarding coping strategies of healthcare providers towards changes during middle adulthood stage,...
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