Cross-Cultural Menopausal Experience: A Comparison Of Australian and Taiwanese Women

Fu, Shiu-Yun, Anderson, Debra J., & Courtney, Mary D. (2003) Cross-Cultural Menopausal Experience: A Comparison Of Australian and Taiwanese Women. Nursing and Health Sciences, 5(1), pp. 77-84.

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A more universal approach to the understanding of menopause can offer health professionals a broader view of the phenomenon. This study’s objectives were to describe and explain the menopausal experiences of Asian and Occidental women, and to examine the relationship between social/cultural factors and women’s menopausal symptoms.

Questionnaires were used to investigate psychosocial and cultural factors and menopausal symptoms in 45 to 55 year old Taiwanese (n = 105) and Australian women (n = 450). Variables included: social demography; menopausal status; attitudes toward menopause; mental health; vitality; social functioning and menopausal symptoms.

Significant differences were found between Taiwanese and Australian women in attitude towards menopause, menopausal symptoms and vitality scores. No significant differences were seen in the areas of social functioning, mental health and menopause status. The results suggest that cultural factors may influence the experience of menopause for women. These findings may help health professionals’ understanding of cultural beliefs relating to menopause and to provide culturally appropriate care.

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ID Code: 259
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: menopause, symptoms, cross cultural, Australia, Taiwan, social, cultural
DOI: 10.1046/j.1442-2018.2003.00139.x
ISSN: 1441-0745
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Blackwell Publishing
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Deposited On: 29 Jun 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 12:57

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