Menopause has often been described as a time of loss and decay in the lay and medical literature.
The present research aims at defining women's perception of themselves and their health care needs in this period of life.
Through a community-based sample of women, participative assessments were performed and their conclusions contrasted with the opinions of male and female gynecologists.
Though both groups coincided concerning the relevance of loneliness, partnership, beauty and the « empty nest » syndrome, several items showed a marked difference between both groups.
Gynecologists tended to perceive women as much more striving for an active sex-life, depressed, lacking projects for the future and worried about their health care than they actually were.
Women, instead, stressed the relevance of menopause as a life crisis laden with opportunities for self-accomplishment and positive changes in life-style towards greater autonomy.
Mots-clés Pascal : Ménopause, Difficulté psychologique, Gynécologie, Médecin, Expérience personnelle, Uruguay, Amérique du Sud, Amérique, Autoperception, Femme, Homme, Etude comparative, Perception, Besoin, Personnel sanitaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Menopause, Psychological difficulty, Gynecology, Physician, Personal experience, Uruguay, South America, America, Self perception, Woman, Human, Comparative study, Perception, Need, Health staff
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 96-0292215
Code Inist : 002A26N02. Création : 199608.