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'Do I really want to know that?' How mothers and adult children talk about menopause
Unformatted Document Text:  Menopause and Personal Health 13 All of the women who self-reported experiencing menopause said they talked to their adult child about it, and no differences were evident across mother-son and mother-daughter dyads (t (84) =1.62, p = .108, ns). Main effects were found with MANOVA for those women who had undergone surgical procedures that brought on menopause (F (2, 68) = 7.57, p<.008), as well as for those utilizing hormone replacement therapy to control the symptoms of menopause (F (1, 54) = 11.57, p<.001). In addition, women were more willing to tell their daughters about their menopausal experiences than their sons when information focused on symptoms (F (1,68) = 5. 58, p> .001. Prior discussion of sexual topics also affected mother willingness to engage in talk about menopause. Specifically, mothers who reported that they had discussed birth control with their child (F (1,86) = 12.26, p<.001 were more willing to talk about the menopause experience. No differences existed, however, for mothers’ willingness to discuss menopause between mother- son and mother-dyads for the sexual topics of sexually transmitted diseases or sexual behavior. No other differences could be found in the mothers’ willingness to talk about menopause with their adult sons and daughters with any of the covariates of age, ethnicity, education, marital status, or current health status. Research Question 2: (Adult Children willingness to talk about menopause): In general, adult children who had openly discussed previous sexual topics with their mothers (i.e., sexually transmitted diseases sexual practices/experimentation, safe sex and personal hygiene) were much more willing to bring up the issues of menopause in conversation F (1,86) = 10.49, p.< .05. Adult daughters are more likely to discuss menopause with their mothers than adult sons F (1,86) = 22.28, p.<.001. In particular, a significant three-way interaction was found for adult

Authors: Murray-Johnson, Lisa. and Bresnahan, Mary.
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Menopause and Personal Health 13
All of the women who self-reported experiencing menopause said they talked to their
adult child about it, and no differences were evident across mother-son and mother-daughter
dyads (t (84) =1.62, p = .108, ns). Main effects were found with MANOVA for those women
who had undergone surgical procedures that brought on menopause (F (2, 68) = 7.57, p<.008), as
well as for those utilizing hormone replacement therapy to control the symptoms of menopause
(F (1, 54) = 11.57, p<.001). In addition, women were more willing to tell their daughters about
their menopausal experiences than their sons when information focused on symptoms (F (1,68) =
5. 58, p> .001.
Prior discussion of sexual topics also affected mother willingness to engage in talk about
menopause. Specifically, mothers who reported that they had discussed birth control with their
child (F (1,86) = 12.26, p<.001 were more willing to talk about the menopause experience. No
differences existed, however, for mothers’ willingness to discuss menopause between mother-
son and mother-dyads for the sexual topics of sexually transmitted diseases or sexual behavior.
No other differences could be found in the mothers’ willingness to talk about menopause with
their adult sons and daughters with any of the covariates of age, ethnicity, education, marital
status, or current health status.
Research Question 2: (Adult Children willingness to talk about menopause):
In general, adult children who had openly discussed previous sexual topics with their
mothers (i.e., sexually transmitted diseases sexual practices/experimentation, safe sex and
personal hygiene) were much more willing to bring up the issues of menopause in conversation F
(1,86) = 10.49, p.< .05.
Adult daughters are more likely to discuss menopause with their mothers than adult sons
F (1,86) = 22.28, p.<.001. In particular, a significant three-way interaction was found for adult


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