Document Detail

"Nobody told me nothin": communication about menstruation among low-income African-American women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18032175     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to explore communication about menstruation among low-income African American women and the impact of this communication on their understanding of and attitudes toward the menstrual events that will occur throughout their lives. This is of particular importance since minority women disproportionately face greater menstrual problems than those experienced by majority women in the United States. A grounded theory design was used for this study. Seventeen African American women from a public housing project were interviewed. The core theme that emerged from the qualitative data was the avoidance or negative discussion of menstrual events throughout the women's lives. The women had few sources of and very limited menstrual learning from school, their mothers, and other women. This led to confusion and inaccurate beliefs about and negative attitudes toward menstruation, menopause, and menstrual-related health conditions. While these women desired to have better communication, their history of avoidance of and negative discussions surrounding menstruation will likely continue to make it difficult for them to have positive and informative discussions with others in the future unless some type of educational intervention occurs.
Spring Chenoa Cooper; Patricia Barthalow Koch
Related Documents :
21232155 - Study protocol for a randomised trial of nicotine-free cigarettes as an adjunct to usua...
6851555 - Pituitary, ovarian and endometrial effects of progesterone released prematurely during ...
21216085 - The effect of tobacco smoking during pregnancy on plasma oxidant and antioxidant status...
20942615 - Estimating a meaningful reduction in menstrual blood loss for women with heavy menstrua...
18541825 - 25-hydroxyvitamin d and risk of myocardial infarction in men: a prospective study.
15027045 - The effect of ethnicity and gender on first-contact rates for schizophrenia-like psycho...
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Women & health     Volume:  46     ISSN:  0363-0242     ISO Abbreviation:  Women Health     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-22     Completed Date:  2008-01-03     Revised Date:  2009-05-20    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7608076     Medline TA:  Women Health     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-78     Citation Subset:  IM    
The Office for Health Promotion, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA.
Export Citation:
APA/MLA Format     Download EndNote     Download BibTex
MeSH Terms
African Americans / psychology*
Anecdotes as Topic
Focus Groups
Health Behavior*
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
Menarche / psychology*
Menstruation / psychology*
Parent-Child Relations
Self Concept
United States

From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine

Previous Document:  Is my period normal? How college-aged women determine the normality or abnormality of their menstrua...
Next Document:  "Am I similar to my mother?" How women make sense of menopause using family background.