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Original Article
The Process of Female University Students' Experiences in Healthy Dieting
Jeong-Soo Kim
Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing 2012;23(3):244-255.
Published online: September 30, 2012
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Department of Nursing, Pukyong National University, Busan, Korea.

• Received: April 23, 2012   • Accepted: September 4, 2012

Copyright © 2012 Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing

  • Purpose
    This study was to describe and develop the female university students' healthy dieting.
  • Methods
    The data were collected from 9 female students sampled from two universities. The grounded theory of Strauss and Corbin (1990) was applied.
  • Results
    As a result, 40 concepts, 16 subcategories, and seven categories were deduced from open coding. Emerged seven major categories were as followings: (1) Recognizing of general health condition, (2) Try to actively participate on social activities, (3) Searching for continuous healthy exercising methods, (4) Utilizing of social support system for healthy dieting, (5) Making an individual healthy rhythms, (6) Exhibiting abilities of self-control, (7) Charging self-confidences. The periods of process were divided into 4 stages, the phase of facing self-health, the phase of searching living conditions, the phase of developing individual strategies, and the phase of forming self-confidence. The core variable, "discovering self competencies" incorporated the relationship between and among all categories and explained the process.
  • Conclusion
    This study had described the process of healthy dieting of female university students in Korea. These findings have important implications for health promotion of the female university students and can be utilized as material for developing health programs.
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The process of 'Healthy dieting'.
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