Stressors, stress levels and attitude toward midlife of Vietnamese female religious and single lay mid-lifers


Bui Thi Tuoi

Date of Publication


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Guidance and Counseling

Subject Categories

Educational Psychology


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


Counseling and Educational Psychology

Thesis Adviser

Barbara Wong Fernandez

Defense Panel Chair

Carmelita P. Pabiton

Defense Panel Member

Alexa P. Abrenica
Rose Marie S. Clemena


This study investigates the stressors, stress level and attitude toward midlife of female mid-lifers including religious and single lay female. It aims to determine which among these dimensions namely physical, environmental, occupational and social family is the common stressor of two groups. It also explores the difference in stress level between female religious and single lay female mid-lifers. It attempts to determine the relationship between stress level and attitude toward midlife.The descriptive research design was used. Data were collected through the use of four (4) instruments: Source of Stress Inventory, Stress Level Inventory, Attitude toward Midlife Inventory and eight (8) open-ended questions to confirm the Attitude toward Midlife Inventory. The research participants were 42 female religious mid-lifers from the Lovers of the Holy Cross and 40 single lay female mid-lifers from three (3) selected parishes in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They were between 35-45 years of age. Mean and standard deviation were computed to obtain the common source of stress, level of stress and attitude toward midlife. T-test was used to determine the differences of stress level of the two groups. The results showed that the environmental dimensions was the most common stressor of the two groups.

It confirmed the hypothesis that female religious had high stress levels than single lay females. Although female mid-lifers had average stress level, they had positive attitude toward midlife. The difference in the attitude toward midlife of the two groups was not found to be significant.

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Shelf Location

Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

Physical Description

97 leaves ; 28 cm.


Middle age; Stress (Psychology); Women-- Vietnam; Attitude (Psychology); Nuns--Vietnam

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