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Cultural factors and reaction to hysterectomy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2500716     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The role of cultural background in the etiology of depressive symptoms associated with hysterectomy has been rarely explored. However, the increasing interest in the transcultural aspects of psychiatry in the last decade gives a particular relevance to this subject. In the current study, 152 women underwent hysterectomy in a downtown hospital of a large city. The population under study consisted of women of various ethnic backgrounds, French Canadian (35%), English Canadian (29%), European (22%) and other (14%). The women completed the Zung self-rating depression scale (SDS) before the operation and six times after during a one year period. They also answered two questionnaires, the first before the operation and the last one a year after. These questionnaires explored the presence of fears, misconceptions, the attitudes toward the operation, the satisfaction regarding medical care and the general pre- and post-operative adjustment. English Canadian women reported the lowest scores on the SDS; they had few misconceptions and fears. They had the best post-operative adjustment of the three groups. French Canadian women showed intermediate scores on the SDS and expressed more misconceptions and feelings of mutilations pre-operatively. Women of European origin showed the highest scores on the SDS at all observations, expressed more regrets about the operation and had a more difficult post-operative adjustment than the other two groups. This study suggests that cultural factors may contribute to the reaction to hysterectomy in women of different ethnic backgrounds. Education, the type of society: patriarchal versus matriarchal, the emphasis on the women's reproductive ability in a particular culture, are among other factors that seem to play an important role.
M Lalinec-Michaud; F Engelsmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology     Volume:  24     ISSN:  0933-7954     ISO Abbreviation:  Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol     Publication Date:  1989 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-08-10     Completed Date:  1989-08-10     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804358     Medline TA:  Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol     Country:  GERMANY, WEST    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  165-71     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adjustment Disorders / psychology*
Cross-Cultural Comparison*
Cultural Characteristics*
Gender Identity
Hysterectomy / psychology*
Middle Aged
Risk Factors

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