Changing the Roles of the Women in the Family According to the Time Dimension as Perceived by Phu Tai Elderly Women: A Qualitative Study
Keywords:Perception, Family Roles, Elderly Women, Phu Tai Ethnic Group, Family Well-Being
A qualitative study to explore the perceptions of elderly women in Phu Tai ethnic group community about hanging their family roles according to the dimension of time. Data was collected from 24 key informants by in-depth interviews, observations and field records methods. Content analysis was obtained. The results revealed the common themes as follows: 1) Being the main responsible for the family, 2) A lonely life of raising children alone, 3) Suffering of having irresponsible child, 4) Looking forward to welfare monetary payments from all governments, 5) Strong women must have a steadfast heart, 6) Shamanism/ Mor Yao, ancestral ghost, forest spirits are the faith of Phu Tai ethnic group. Women play an important role in increasing family well-being. Therefore, empowering these women to increase this women well-being is recommended.
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