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Attitudes toward menopause and aging across ethnic/racial groups

TitleAttitudes toward menopause and aging across ethnic/racial groups
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1999
AuthorsSommer, B, Avis, N, Meyer, P, Ory, M, Madden, T, Kagawa-Singer, M, Mouton, C, Rasor, NO'Neill, Adler, S
JournalPsychosomatic MedicinePsychosomatic Medicine
Volume61
Pagination868-875
Date PublishedNov-Dec
ISBN Number0033-3174<br/>1534-7796
Accession NumberPeer Reviewed Journal: 1999-15310-020
Keywords*Adult Attitudes, *Aging (Attitudes Toward), *Human Females, *Menopause, *Racial and Ethnic Differences, Acculturation, Cross Cultural Differences, Developmental Psychology [2800], Human Female Adulthood (18 yrs & older) Middle Age (40-64 yrs), menopausal status & acculturation & racial & ethnic differences, attitudes toward menopause & aging, 40-55 yr-old females before vs after menopause, us
AbstractAttitudes have a potential role to play in the experience of menopause. The objective of this study was to examine the degree to which attitudes toward menopause and aging vary across ethnic groups and menopausal status (i.e., premenopausal through postmenopausal). More than 16,000 women (aged 40-55 yrs) were interviewed by telephone as part of the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation. They represented five ethnic/racial groups (African American, white, Chinese American, Japanese American, and Hispanic) from seven geographical sites (Boston; Pittsburgh; Chicago; Michigan; New Jersey; and northern and southern California). African American women were significantly more positive in attitude. The least positive groups were the less acculturated Chinese American and Japanese American women. Menopausal status was not a consistent predictor of attitude across ethnic groups. In general, women's attitudes toward menopause range from neutral to positive. Ethnic groups within the United States vary slightly, but reliably, in their attitudes toward menopause and aging. Factors other than those directly associated with menopausal status seem to play a role in attitude. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved).
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