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Johanna Esseveld

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

Författare

  • Helene Ekström
  • Johanna Esseveld
  • Birgitta Hovelius

Summary, in 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.

Avdelning/ar

  • Medicin, Lund
  • Sociologi

Publiceringsår

2005

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

21-53

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

The Grounded Theory Review

Volym

5

Issue

1

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Sociology Press

Ämne

  • Other Clinical Medicine

Status

Published

Projekt

  • Gendered Identeties and Middle-Aged Bodies

Forskningsgrupp

  • Critical Perspectives in Sociology / Kritiska Studier i Sociologi

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 1556-1542