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Theoretical substruction: establishing links between theory and measurement of military women's attitudes towards menstrual suppression during military operations.
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PMID:  19457001     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
AIM: The aim of this paper is to establish a theoretical model for the exploration of the phenomenon of menstruation and women's attitudes towards menstrual suppression during military operations. BACKGROUND: In the emerging field of literature that explores menstruation among military women, there are indications that menstrual symptoms and hygiene are problematic under the circumstances of deployment to military operations. While menstrual suppression may be a solution to problems that women encounter with menstruation during deployment, there is little research exploring the phenomenon. DATA SOURCES: CINAHL and Medline were used to locate peer reviewed journal papers published from 1977 to 2007. International military reports were obtained through an internet search engine (Google). DISCUSSION: Issues that military women encounter surrounding menstruation during deployment are framed according to components of human ecology and social ecology theories, creating a theoretical model for the study of military women's menstrual health. Theoretical substruction is then used to evaluate the proposed theoretical and operational systems for measuring military women's attitudes during deployment. The process of theoretical substruction validates the model and the theoretical integrity of the proposed research on women's attitudes towards suppression. CONCLUSION: A theory-based model for women's health under challenging environmental conditions will enhance the holistic consideration of women's health issues by care providers. The theoretical model clearly explicates the phenomenon of menstruation during deployment and the theoretical and operational systems are soundly linked in the proposed measurement model of military women's attitudes towards menstrual suppression.
Lori L Trego
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.     Date:  2009-04-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  65     ISSN:  1365-2648     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  2009 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-28     Completed Date:  2009-12-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1548-59     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
U.S. Army Nurse Corps, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Menstruation / drug effects,  psychology*
Military Medicine*
Military Personnel / psychology*
Models, Theoretical
Ovulation Inhibition / drug effects,  psychology*
Women / psychology*

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