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Construction of Menopause: An Inquiry of Cultural Influences on Menopause and Its Associated Problems

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Menopause has traditionally been conceptualized in medical terms. A disease model dominating medical profession for menopause indicates a loss of estrogen at menopause involves a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms such as osteoporosis, heart problem, hot flush, and melancholy. Because of that, it is to women’s benefit to seek long-term hormone replacement therapy even if they feel fit and well.
I consider the disease model as over simplistic, and propose that a better understanding of menopause requires a careful examination of the larger social context. In other words, besides biological changes such as estrogen loss, there are socio-cultural factors coming into play, which produces the diversity of menopausal outcomes.
This study, by collecting Chinese American women’s narratives about their own stories about menopause, and using the existing literature on the menopausal experiences of other groups of American women, makes comparisons between Chinese women and their female counterparts from other cultural backgrounds about their subjective menopausal experiences. Such a comparative study highlights the role of culture as it relates to the subjective interpretation of menopause.
The aim of the study is to enhance the understanding of menopause, and to contribute to increasing caregivers’ capability for delivering better health care to midlife women, and therefore improving their quality of life during this stage of life.

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Abstract: Menopause has traditionally been conceptualized in medical terms. A disease model dominating medical profession for menopause indicates a loss of estrogen at menopause involves a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms such as osteoporosis, heart problem, hot flush, and melancholy. Because of that, it is to women’s benefit to seek long-term hormone replacement therapy even if they feel fit and well.
I consider the disease model as over simplistic, and propose that a better understanding of menopause requires a careful examination of the larger social context. In other words, besides biological changes such as estrogen loss, there are socio-cultural factors coming into play, which produces the diversity of menopausal outcomes.
This study, by collecting Chinese American women’s narratives about their own stories about menopause, and using the existing literature on the menopausal experiences of other groups of American women, makes comparisons between Chinese women and their female counterparts from other cultural backgrounds about their subjective menopausal experiences. Such a comparative study highlights the role of culture as it relates to the subjective interpretation of menopause.
The aim of the study is to enhance the understanding of menopause, and to contribute to increasing caregivers’ capability for delivering better health care to midlife women, and therefore improving their quality of life during this stage of life.

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CONSTRUCTION OF MENOPAUSE: AN INQUIRY OF CULTURAL INFLUENCES ON MENOPAUSE AND ITS ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS Zhao Feng Boston University Department of Sociology 1 Abstract Menopause has traditionally been conceptualized in medical terms. A disease model dominating medical profession for menopause indicates a loss of estrogen at menopause involves a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms such as osteoporosis heart problem hot flush and melancholy. Because of that it is to women’s benefit to seek long-term hormone replacement therapy even
the dimensions.” Qualitative Health Research 6(2): 152-62. Theisen S. C. P. K. Mansfield B.L. Seery & A. Voda. 1995. “Predictors of midlife women’s attitudes toward menopause.” Health Value 19: 22-31. Tifft L. & D. Sullivan. 1980. The Struggle to be Human. U.K.: Cienfuegos Press. Turner B. S. 1996. The Body & Society. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications. Wilbur J. A. Miller & A. Montgomery. 1995. “The influence of demographic characteristics menopausal status and symptoms on women's attitudes toward menopause.” Women


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