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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/163784
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Women of a Certain Age: Menopause and Culture
Author(s):
Dickson, Geri
Author Details:
Geri Dickson, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA, email: dickson@nightingale.rutgers.edu
Abstract:
Purpose: To gain an understanding of the essence and meaning of the menopause transition as experienced and described by groups of women from four different cultural backgrounds. Design: A qualitative study was designed to elicit narratives focused on the feelings, thoughts, and lives of 25 midlife women experiencing the changes associated with menopause. The participants were women, between the ages of 45 and 54, recruited from community organizations and representing Euro-American, African-American, Puerto Rican-American, and Chinese-American cultures. Method: In-depth interviews and field observations comprised the data. The data were tape recorded and transcribed to verbatim texts. Each woman was interviewed twice, following the principles of phenomenology, for approximately one hour each. The textural analysis followed the guidelines of van Manen's interpretive phenomenology. Phenomenologic writings of the women's expressions were completed for each woman as though she were speaking. Each woman's interview formed the basis for interpretation and a thematic description of the common experiences was distilled from the narratives. Exemplars were formed by a comparative analysis of the predominant textual extraction from each cultural group. From these extractions, different patterns of expressions were identified for each cultural group. Findings: A meta-theme, Women of a Certain Age, and four common themes were identified: (a) The Many Faces of Menopause, (b) Private Summers and Other Reminders, (c) Unfamiliar Bodies, and (d) Now is the Time for Me. The women's words provide the basis for the themes and represent the knots in the web of understanding. Four different exemplars of the patterns of expressions were identified: (a) Euro-American: Intellectual, (b) African-American: Practical, (c) Puerto-American: Expressive, and (d) Chinese-American: Time-Honored. Conclusions: Midlife women described their experiences in their own words, which provided a different perspective from the traditional biomedical studies of the menopause transition. Several implications for nurses were identified as a result of this study. Women want health care providers to: recognize the differences among women's experiences, listen seriously to their experiences, understand the impact of physiologic changes occurring during this period, demonstrate knowledge about hormones and research, recognize the effects of lifestyle, assist women to make informed choices, and teach others to gain a healthy attitude toward aging.
Repository Posting Date:
27-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
27-Oct-2011
Conference Date:
2001
Conference Name:
ENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessions
Conference Host:
Eastern Nursing Research Society
Conference Location:
Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Note:
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_US
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleWomen of a Certain Age: Menopause and Cultureen_GB
dc.contributor.authorDickson, Gerien_US
dc.author.detailsGeri Dickson, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, College of Nursing, Newark, New Jersey, USA, email: dickson@nightingale.rutgers.eduen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/163784-
dc.description.abstractPurpose: To gain an understanding of the essence and meaning of the menopause transition as experienced and described by groups of women from four different cultural backgrounds. Design: A qualitative study was designed to elicit narratives focused on the feelings, thoughts, and lives of 25 midlife women experiencing the changes associated with menopause. The participants were women, between the ages of 45 and 54, recruited from community organizations and representing Euro-American, African-American, Puerto Rican-American, and Chinese-American cultures. Method: In-depth interviews and field observations comprised the data. The data were tape recorded and transcribed to verbatim texts. Each woman was interviewed twice, following the principles of phenomenology, for approximately one hour each. The textural analysis followed the guidelines of van Manen's interpretive phenomenology. Phenomenologic writings of the women's expressions were completed for each woman as though she were speaking. Each woman's interview formed the basis for interpretation and a thematic description of the common experiences was distilled from the narratives. Exemplars were formed by a comparative analysis of the predominant textual extraction from each cultural group. From these extractions, different patterns of expressions were identified for each cultural group. Findings: A meta-theme, Women of a Certain Age, and four common themes were identified: (a) The Many Faces of Menopause, (b) Private Summers and Other Reminders, (c) Unfamiliar Bodies, and (d) Now is the Time for Me. The women's words provide the basis for the themes and represent the knots in the web of understanding. Four different exemplars of the patterns of expressions were identified: (a) Euro-American: Intellectual, (b) African-American: Practical, (c) Puerto-American: Expressive, and (d) Chinese-American: Time-Honored. Conclusions: Midlife women described their experiences in their own words, which provided a different perspective from the traditional biomedical studies of the menopause transition. Several implications for nurses were identified as a result of this study. Women want health care providers to: recognize the differences among women's experiences, listen seriously to their experiences, understand the impact of physiologic changes occurring during this period, demonstrate knowledge about hormones and research, recognize the effects of lifestyle, assist women to make informed choices, and teach others to gain a healthy attitude toward aging.en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-27T11:13:46Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-27en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-27T11:13:46Z-
dc.conference.date2001en_US
dc.conference.nameENRS 13th Annual Scientific Sessionsen_US
dc.conference.hostEastern Nursing Research Societyen_US
dc.conference.locationAtlantic City, New Jersey, USAen_US
dc.description.noteThis is an abstract-only submission. If the author has submitted a full-text item based on this abstract, you may find it by browsing the Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository by author. If author contact information is available in this abstract, please feel free to contact him or her with your queries regarding this submission. Alternatively, please contact the conference host, journal, or publisher (according to the circumstance) for further details regarding this item. If a citation is listed in this record, the item has been published and is available via open-access avenues or a journal/database subscription. Contact your library for assistance in obtaining the as-published article.-
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