Studies of women's health are well documented as is research on business owners. However, minimal exploration has been conducted on women business owners and their personal health and wellness. The purpose of this interdisciplinary study was to survey women business owners to discover self-described perceptions of their health and wellness and to identify any possible links among variables including, but not limited to, age, success of the business, and educational level. In order to do so, several fields and the corresponding literature were considered and incorporated into this research including business studies, health care, psychology and sociology. Because literature on the specific topic was limited, it was important to examine several themes including women business owners, definitions of health and wellness, and women's health issues. The researcher's choice to use a comprehensive definition of health and wellness that includes psychological, physical, emotional, social, spiritual and environmental components as proposed by Edlin and Golanty underscores the importance of and confirms the decision to employ an interdisciplinary approach to this study. By obtaining qualitative and quantitative data from the participants, not only were specific behaviors and perceptions identified through objective surveys, but meaningful and subjective information was collected through personal interviews. One of the key findings indicates that, while older women business owners may have a poor self-perception of their physical health, they exhibit positive insight and behavior regarding spiritual and emotional health and wellness. The conclusion of this study provides suggestions for future research in this growing field of women entrepreneurs.
|Advisor:||Abel, Richard M.|
|Commitee:||Moore-West, Margaret, Nepton, Carol N.|
|School:||Franklin Pierce University|
|School Location:||United States -- New Hampshire|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Entrepreneurship, Womens studies, Public health|
|Keywords:||Health-promoting lifestyle, Spiritual growth, Stress management, Wellness, Women business owners|
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