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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/154087
Type:
Presentation
Title:
The Private Business of Menstruation for Early Maturers
Abstract:
The Private Business of Menstruation for Early Maturers
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Hawthorne, Dorothy, PhD, RN, BSN, MN
P.I. Institution Name:University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
Title:Assistant Professor
[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Private business and secrecy around starting the first menstrual flow, menarche, are phenomenological themes present in the life-lived experiences of early sexually maturing girls. Age at first menarche in American girls has declined from the average of 12.8 years to 12.4, and it is not unusual for African American girls to experience menarche by 9 years of age when privacy and secrecy of pubertal features in genital areas of the body are major concerns. However, research literature on the life-lived experiences of early maturers at the time of their first menstrual flow remains sparse. A phenomenological approach was used with a purposive sample of 30 African American participants (15 girls and their mothers) to learn the life-lived experiences of the early maturing girls to their first flow. Data were obtained through interviews within 2 to 5 days after completion of the first flow. Privacy and secrecy were major and consistent themes in the dialogue of the young girls about their 5-day experience with the actual flow and interaction with family, friends, and others in the school setting. In conclusion, phenomenological themes in the dialogue of the girls show a need to further exam the behaviors and practices of early maturers at menarche. Issues on privacy and secrecy surrounding a girl's sexually maturing body can help determine mental health needs at the time of menarche.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleThe Private Business of Menstruation for Early Maturersen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/154087-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">The Private Business of Menstruation for Early Maturers</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Hawthorne, Dorothy, PhD, RN, BSN, MN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">dhb6@pitt.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Private business and secrecy around starting the first menstrual flow, menarche, are phenomenological themes present in the life-lived experiences of early sexually maturing girls. Age at first menarche in American girls has declined from the average of 12.8 years to 12.4, and it is not unusual for African American girls to experience menarche by 9 years of age when privacy and secrecy of pubertal features in genital areas of the body are major concerns. However, research literature on the life-lived experiences of early maturers at the time of their first menstrual flow remains sparse. A phenomenological approach was used with a purposive sample of 30 African American participants (15 girls and their mothers) to learn the life-lived experiences of the early maturing girls to their first flow. Data were obtained through interviews within 2 to 5 days after completion of the first flow. Privacy and secrecy were major and consistent themes in the dialogue of the young girls about their 5-day experience with the actual flow and interaction with family, friends, and others in the school setting. In conclusion, phenomenological themes in the dialogue of the girls show a need to further exam the behaviors and practices of early maturers at menarche. Issues on privacy and secrecy surrounding a girl's sexually maturing body can help determine mental health needs at the time of menarche.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T12:44:03Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T12:44:03Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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