Psychological distress around menopause

Daniel Becker, Jacob Lomranz, Amos Pines, Dov Shmotkin, Eyal Nitza, Galit BennAmitay, Roberto Mester

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Abstract

The authors sought to identify a subgroup of women who are likely to experience psychological distress in the period around menopause. A sample of 189 women (mean age = 49.49) was selected from the general population and rated for menopausal status, menopausal symptoms, depression, anxiety, perceived control, body image, and sex role. Menopausal symptoms were not found to discriminate between pre-, peri-, and postmenopausal women. Factor analysis of the symptoms yielded a specific somatic factor that correlated with menopausal status but not with psychological variables and a nonspecific psychosomatic factor that correlated with psychological variables but not with menopausal status. This suggests that psychological distress during the menopausal transition may indicate a personal psychological or physiological vulnerability rather than a specific reaction to the menopausal events.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-257
Number of pages6
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume42
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001

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