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Vol. 49, No. 3, 2000
Issue release date: March 2000
Section title: Original Paper
Gynecol Obstet Invest 2000;49:170–178
(DOI:10.1159/000010241)

Stress Vulnerability and Climacteric Symptoms: Life Events, Coping Behavior, and Severity of Symptoms

Igarashi M. · Saito H. · Morioka Y. · Oiji A. · Nadaoka T. · Kashiwakura M.
aFaculty of Nursing, Departments of bObstetrics and Gynecology and cNeuropsychiatry, Yamagata University School of Medicine, Yamagata, dTsuruoka Hospital, Tsuruoka, Japan

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 4/5/2000

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 7

ISSN: 0378-7346 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-002X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/GOI

Abstract

To explore a possible association between climacteric symptoms and ways of coping with stress, a comparative study was conducted among 19 menopausal women who sought treatment for climacteric symptoms (the study group) and 44 healthy menopausal women (the control group). Life stress was assessed using a life event method in which factor analysis extracted four ways that women cope with stress: avoidance-oriented coping, consultation-oriented coping, aggression-expression coping, and problem-solving coping. The study group had a higher symptom score and was more prone to avoidance-oriented coping than the control group despite experiencing the same number of undesirable life events. The severity of climacteric symptoms correlated positively with the number of undesirable life events and the degree of avoidance-oriented coping and correlated negatively with the degree of aggression- expression coping for the study group. These results suggest that vulnerability to stress contributes to worsening climacteric symptoms caused by stress.


  

Author Contacts

Yukiko Morioka
Faculty of Nursing
Yamagata University School of Medicine
2-2-2 Iida-Nishi, Yamagata, 990-9585 (Japan)
Tel. +81 23 628 5435, Fax +81 23 628 5464, E-Mail mkasiwak@med.id.yamagata-u.ac.jp

  

Article Information

Received: Received: April 27, 1999
Accepted after revision: October 20, 1999
Number of Print Pages : 9
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 7, Number of References : 23

  

Publication Details

Gynecologic and Obstetric Investigation
Founded 1895 as ‘Monatsschrift für Geburtshilfe und Gynäkologie’, continued 1946–1969 as ‘Gynaecologia’ and 1970 –1977 as ‘Gynecologic Investigation’

Vol. 49, No. 3, Year 2000 (Cover Date: Released March 2000)

Journal Editor: G. Zador, Södertälje
ISSN: 0378–7346 (print), 1423–002X (Online)

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Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 4/5/2000

Number of Print Pages: 9
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 7

ISSN: 0378-7346 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-002X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/GOI


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