Relationship between Type-D personality, physical activity behaviour and climacteric symptoms

Borkoles, Erika, Reynolds, Nick, Ski, Chantal F., Stojanovska, Lilly, Thompson, David R. and Polman, Remco C. J. (2015) Relationship between Type-D personality, physical activity behaviour and climacteric symptoms. BMC Women's Health, 15 18: 1-7. doi:10.1186/s12905-015-0176-3

Author Borkoles, Erika
Reynolds, Nick
Ski, Chantal F.
Stojanovska, Lilly
Thompson, David R.
Polman, Remco C. J.
Title Relationship between Type-D personality, physical activity behaviour and climacteric symptoms
Journal name BMC Women's Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1472-6874
Publication date 2015-02-22
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/s12905-015-0176-3
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 15
Issue 18
Start page 1
End page 7
Total pages 7
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract

A number of factors have been identified which might influence the variation observed in climacteric symptoms in peri- and post-menopausal women. We examined the role of the distressed or Type-D personality and mode of physical activity or exercise on the climacteric symptoms experienced by peri- or post-menopausal women.


213 Women (M age 52.2 years, SD = 5.9), 58% classified as peri- and 42% as post-menopausal completed a questionnaire pack consisting of demographic questions, the DS14 (Type-D personality), Kaiser Physical Activity Survey (assessing household care giving, occupational, active living and sport and exercise index) and the Greene Climacteric Scale (Psychological, somatic/physical, vasomotor and sexual symptoms).


Type-D personality and increased levels of household care-giving physical activity were both associated with increased bothersomness for all four climacteric factors. Increased levels of sport and exercise participation on the other hand resulted in less psychological, somatic/physical and sexual functioning problems whereas the active living index was inversely related to somatic/physical climacteric symptoms. Finally, lower income was associated with more psychological and somatic/physical symptoms and being peri-menopausal resulted in more vasomotor symptoms.


The results suggest that mode of physical activity is an important moderator in alleviating climacteric symptoms. In addition, our results support previous findings in that Type-D personality is associated with negative health outcomes. In particular menopausal women with Type-D personality would benefit from interventions (coping, mindfulness training) and regular sport and exercise participation to reduce climacteric symptomology.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status Non-UQ

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