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Comparison of the Menopause and Midlife Transition between Japanese American and European American Women

Authors
 Marjorie Kagawa-Singer  ;  Katherine Wu  ;  Yuko Kawanishi  ;  Gail A. Greendale  ;  Sue Kim  ;  Shelley R. Adler  ;  Nancy Wongvipat 
Citation
 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY QUARTERLY , Vol.16(1) : 64-91, 2002 
Journal Title
 MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY QUARTERLY 
ISSN
 0745-5194 
Issue Date
2002
Abstract
Cross-cultural differences in the meaning and experience of the universal biologic phenomenon of the menopause have been well documented. Very few studies, however, have focused on the response to the midlife transition among ethnic minority women in the United States, and even fewer exist about Asian American women. This exploratory study compared the perceptions and experiences of the midlife transition among Japanese American and European American women. The midlife transition was viewed as a time of self-assurance, maturity, and taking comfort and satisfaction in oneself. Biologically, it was a marker of mortality. Similar to menses, marriage, and motherhood, menopause was viewed as the final identity transformation, but interpreted quite differently by the two ethnic groups. The findings of this study support the cross-cultural theories that emphasize the interaction of biology, society, age, gender, and acculturation in this universal female experience and suggest additional expansion of these theories to incorporate lifestyle choices that may affect the actual health consequences of female aging. [menopause, midlife transition, Japanese American women, ethnicity]
Full Text
http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1525/maq.2002.16.1.64/full
DOI
10.1525/maq.2002.16.1.64
Appears in Collections:
3. College of Nursing (간호대학) > Dept. of Nursing (간호학과) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Kim, Sue(김수) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3785-2445
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/144565
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