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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

Award Date

1994

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Dianna Sorenson

Keywords

menopause, health and hygiene of nuns, nun psychology

Abstract

This study was designed to explore the perimenopausal phenomenon in Catholic nuns. A general interview guide was used to obtain the postmenopausal reflections of the perimenopausal experience. The study revealed that except for a few individual variations, the perimenopausal symptoms of Catholic nuns are similar to those reported by women in other studies. The significance of these symptoms and the perimenopausal experience were expressed in terms of the life cycle and the cessation of menstruation. The Catholic nuns' cultural values and beliefs and technological, religious/ philosophical, kinship/social, political/legal, educational, and economic factors were perceived to influence their perimenopausal perceptions, experiences, and health care. They perceived that they did not have concerns related to sexual activity, childbearing, childrearing, and a spouse's response. They also perceived that they had better access to health care and information related to perimenopause. Perimenopausal perceptions and experiences may vary across cultures, but also among subgroups and individuals within a culture.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Menopause
Nuns -- Health and hygiene
Nuns -- Psychology

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

131

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 1994 Debra Kolecka. All rights reserved

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