A cross-sectional survey of menopausal status, symptoms and psychological distress in a community sample of Australian women

Slaven, Lorraine and Lee, Christina (1998) A cross-sectional survey of menopausal status, symptoms and psychological distress in a community sample of Australian women. Journal of Health Psychology, 3 1: 117-123. doi:10.1177/135910539800300109


Author Slaven, Lorraine
Lee, Christina
Title A cross-sectional survey of menopausal status, symptoms and psychological distress in a community sample of Australian women
Journal name Journal of Health Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1359-1053
Publication date 1998-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/135910539800300109
Volume 3
Issue 1
Start page 117
End page 123
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, England, U.K.
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Abstract While many researchers assume the menopause to be an endocrine deficiency disease, others argue that menopause is normally non-traumatic, associated with few and minor symptoms. An Australian sample of 304 female volunteers (128 pre-menopausal, 35 peri-menopausal, 80 post- menopausal and not taking hormone replacement therapy, 61 post-menopausal and taking hormone replacement therapy) completed the Women's Health Questionnaire and the Profile of Mood States. There were differences among the groups on some symptoms, although the only difference between the post-menopausal groups was on vasomotor symptoms. There were no between-group differences in depression, anxiety or mood states, nor did demographic variables affect these measures. There was no evidence that post-menopausal women experienced increased psychological distress, supporting the hypothesis that menopause is not particularly distressing for normal women.
Keyword ageing
community
menopause
women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
 
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