Being in the script of menopause: mapping the complexities of coping strategies

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Stojanovska, Lily, Kafanelis, Betty, Kostanski, Marion and Komesaroff, Paul A (2009) Being in the script of menopause: mapping the complexities of coping strategies. Qualitative Health Research, 19 (1). pp. 30-41. ISSN 1049-7323

Abstract

In this article we explore the discourses of menopause, aging, and the complexities of coping with both menopause and aging among 30 women between the ages of 43 and 61 years living in Melbourne, Australia. Employing a qualitative design with thematic analysis, we uncover the complexity and heterogeneity of coping styles. Three major coping strategies are identified: inventive, troubled, and reactive. Recognition of the variety of coping strategies creatively negotiated within the dynamic, complex processes of aging and menopause might assist women in developing effective responses to these sometimes challenging life experiences.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3978
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732308327352
Official URL http://qhr.sagepub.com/content/19/1/30.abstract
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 1116 Medical Physiology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Keywords ResPubID14665, coping and adaptation, emancipatory research, health, health experiences, interviews, menopause, mental health and illness, qualitative methods, relationships, resilience
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