Javascript is not activated in your browser. This website needs javascript activated to work properly.
You are here

Keeping my ways of being: Middle-aged women dealing with the passage through menopause

  • Helene Ekström
  • Johanna Esseveld
  • Birgitta Hovelius
Publishing year: 2005
Language: English
Pages: 21-53
Publication/Series: The Grounded Theory Review
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Sociology Press

Abstract english

The meanings given to menopause by women themselves are often left aside. In this grounded theory study, based on interviews and on open-ended questions in questionnaires answered by middle-aged women, the authors found that not being able to know what would happen and what influence menopause would have on them as individuals were sources of uncertainty. A theory of a general pattern of behaviour emerged, Keeping my ways of being, resolving the uncertainties involved. The intensity of the process and the use of its three different stages, those of Preserving present ways of being, Limiting changes and Reappraising, were considered to be dependent upon the central Personal calculation process, in which the women used their individual explanatory beliefs and evaluations of need. The theory used as a model of thinking in consultations with middle-aged women might show a high degree of workability in explaining what is going on.


  • Other Clinical Medicine


  • Gendered Identeties and Middle-Aged Bodies
  • Critical Perspectives in Sociology / Kritiska Studier i Sociologi-lup-obsolete
  • ISSN: 1556-1542
E-mail: johanna [dot] esseveld [at] soc [dot] lu [dot] se

Professor emerita



Department of Sociology
Lund University
Visiting address: Sandgatan 11, House G, Lund
Postal address: Box 114 , SE-221 00 LUND, SWEDEN
Telephone: Student Office +46 46-222 88 44, Lund University Switchboard +46 46-222 00 00

Faculty of Social Sciences