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Menarche and menstruation through the eyes of pubescent students in eastern taiwan: implications in sociocultural influence and gender differences issues.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23407333     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
BACKGROUND: : Menstruation is a significant part of women's lives. It has been studied from many perspectives to draw various conclusions about biological and physiological development, gender differences, and sociocultural environments.
PURPOSE: : The purpose of this study was to explore how male and female pubescent students perceive and interpret menarche and menstruation and how their perceptions reflect gender differences and the sociocultural environment in eastern Taiwan.
METHODS: : This was an exploratory qualitative study that employed focus group interviews. Data were collected from 20 girls and 27 boys, aged 10-12 years, who were recruited from two elementary schools. Participants engaged in 19 focus group discussions, which lasted 45-60 minutes each. Discussion transcripts were collected, encoded, categorized, and analyzed using the Atlas V 5.0 software.
RESULTS: : The central theme in menarche and menstruation experiences among pubescent students in eastern Taiwan can be summarized as, "Struggling to grow up amidst contradictions," an attitude that reflects gender divisions and sociocultural representations and practices. Generally, participants' views on menstruation fell within five subthemes: "Ambiguous," "Disregarded," "Dirty," "Personal," and "Transitional." These themes were analyzed within the contexts of society, school, and family.
CONCLUSIONS/IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: : In line with previous research, this study shows the need for more individual reproductive health consultations, reliable sex education, and well-planned health policies to assist pubescent students manage menstruation. In addition, this study suggests that the subjugation of girls and women remains a critical issue that must be addressed and challenged.
Yu-Ting Chang; Mei-Ling Lin
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of nursing research : JNR     Volume:  21     ISSN:  1948-965X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Nurs Res     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101128757     Medline TA:  J Nurs Res     Country:  China (Republic : 1949- )    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  10-8     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
1PhD, RN, Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Tzu Chi College of Technology 2MSN, RN, Lecturer, Department of Nursing, Tzu Chi College of Technology.
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