Relationships between menopausal symptoms, sense of coherence, coping strategies, and quality of life

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Abstract

Objectives:The aims of this study were to examine the relationships between menopausal symptoms, sense of coherence (SOC), coping strategies, and quality of life, and to test the mediating effects of SOC and coping strategies on the relationships between menopausal symptoms and quality of life among Chinese women during menopausal transition.Methods:Two hundred one women aged 40 to 60 years and currently undergoing menopausal transition were recruited at community centers between June and August 2017. Menopausal symptoms, SOC, coping strategies, and quality of life were assessed by the Menopause Rating Scale, the Sense of Coherence Scale, the Brief COPE Inventory, and the Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form-36, respectively. Data were analyzed by path analysis.Results:Menopausal symptoms were associated with poorer quality of life, and both SOC and maladaptive coping were found to mediate the effects of menopausal symptoms on quality of life. The results suggest that SOC might alleviate the adverse effects of menopausal symptoms on quality of life, whereas maladaptive coping strategies might aggravate the adverse effects of menopausal symptoms on quality of life.Conclusions:The results provide new insights into the importance of considering SOC and coping strategies and their interactions with menopausal symptoms and quality of life in the situation of menopausal transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)758-764
Number of pages7
JournalMenopause
Volume26
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019

Keywords

  • Coping strategies
  • Menopause
  • Quality of life
  • Sense of coherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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