The perimenopausal transition of Mexican American women : attitudes, perimenopausal status, symptom perception, and self-care practices
AuthorMetzler, Erin Marie
AdvisorBerg, Judith A.
Committee ChairBerg, Judith
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe purpose of this study was to describe the perimenopausal transition of a group of Mexican American women. Attitudes towards menopause, perimenopausal status, symptom perceptions, and self-care practices were the study variables drawn from Bell's (1995) Women's Health Survey. A community based sample comprised of20 women who (1) self-identified as Mexican American, (2) were ages 45-55 years, and (3) were English language proficient, was recruited from Santa Cruz Catholic Church, Tucson, Arizona. The majority of the sample were married, achieved high school graduation, were employed full-time, had 2 or greater children, and spoke English equally as well as Spanish. The mean age of the sample was 48.3 (± 3.3) years. The majority felt their income was sometimes sufficient for their healthcare needs. The perimenopausal status of participants was premenopausal (20%, n=4), perimenopausal (40%, n=8), menopausal/postmenopausal (15%, n=3), and those who reported surgical menopause/hysterectomy were 25% (n=5). Compared to previous research, women in the present study held a less positive view of the perimenopausal transition but had similar low severity of perimenopausal symptoms. Few reported use of self-care practices or health screening which agrees with previous reports of Mexican American women.
Degree ProgramGraduate College