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Upton I 136
Adulthood/Cultural Psychology/Upton: The female menopause is a universal phenomenon, for example, but there are differences in how this is experienced; hot flushes are more likely to be reported and viewed as a negative experience in Western cultures, where the menopause is viewed as a loss, than in cultures where the menopause represents a healthy, positive life stage (Flint, 1982(1); McMaster et al., 1997(2); Gold et aL. 2000(3)). Indeed, attitudes towards the menopause help explain individual differences in the experience of the menopause in Western society; while some view this as a medical condition to be treated by medication, others see it as a normal transition (Alder et al. 2000)(4).


1. Flint, M (1982) Male and female menopause: a cultural put on, in Voda, AM, Dinnerstein, M and O’Donnell, SR (eds) Changing Perspectives on Menopause. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
2. McMaster, J, Pitts, M and Poyah, G (1997) The menopausal experiences of women in a developing country: ‘there is a time for everything: to be a teenager, a mother and a granny’. Women’s Health, 26(4): 1-13.
3. Gold, EB, Sternfeld, B, Kelsey,JL, Brown, C and Mouton C et al. (2000) The relation of demographic and lifestyle factors to symptoms in a multi-ethnic population of 40-55-year-old women. American Journal of Epidemiology, 152:463-73.
4. Alder, EM and Ross, LA (2000) Menopausal symptoms and the domino effect. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 18: 75-8.


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Cultural Psychology
Upton I
Penney Upton
Developmental Psychology 2011


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