Menopausal stage and age and perceptions of body image

Deeks, Amanda A. and McCabe, Marita 2001, Menopausal stage and age and perceptions of body image, Psychology & health, vol. 16, no. 3, pp. 367-379.

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Title Menopausal stage and age and perceptions of body image
Author(s) Deeks, Amanda A.
McCabe, Marita
Journal name Psychology & health
Volume number 16
Issue number 3
Start page 367
End page 379
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2001-05
ISSN 0887-0446
1476-8321
Keyword(s) menopause
age. body image
health
allied health
behavioural medicine
health & illness
health psychology
medical sociology
Summary The aim of This study was to investigate the association between menopausal stage and age and women's perception of their body image. Females from a community sample (n = 304. age range from 35 to 65 years) volunteered to complete a structured questionnaire which contained the Multidimensional Body Self Relations Questionnaire (MBSRQ) and the Stunkard Body Shape Figure Scale. One hundred and twenty women were premenopausal, 76 women were perimenopausal and 108 were postmenopausal. The effects of age and menopausal stage could not be separated in ratings of appearance evaluation, fitness evaluation, current, ideal and societal ratings of the Stunkard Body Shape Figure Scale. Premenopausal women (who were likely to be younger) had more positive ratings of appearance evaluation and fitness evaluation than menopausal women (who were likely to be older). Women who were premenopausal nominated smaller figures from the Stunkard Body Shape Figure Scale for ratings of the current, ideal and societal body shape than women who were perimenopausal and postmenopausal. The implications of these findings as they relate to women as they progress through the menopausal transition and as they become older is discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, OPA (Overseas Publishers Association) N.V.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001179

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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