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Going through the menopause: perceptions and experiences of women with intellectual disabilities

McCarthy, Michelle (2002) Going through the menopause: perceptions and experiences of women with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disability, 27 (4). pp. 281-295. ISSN 1366-8250. (doi:10.1080/1366825021000055817) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article explores a heretofore neglected topic: the perceptions, experiences and support needs of women with intellectual disability as they go through the menopause. Findings are presented from semi-structured interviews with 15 women with mild to moderate intellectual disability aged 43–65 years. Levels of knowledge about what the menopause was, when it happened, and whether it happened to all women, were found to be generally low. More significantly,the majority of the women did not understand the significance of the menopause on a woman’s reproductive capacity. The women’s experiences of change and transition were on a predominantly physical level, with some emotional effects, but little or no psychological and social impact noted. The findings about menopausal changes are presented in a broader context of age-related issues and the impact of the women having relatively low levels of choice and autonomy is explored.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/1366825021000055817
Uncontrolled keywords: women, menopause, learning disabilities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Tizard
Depositing User: Michelle McCarthy
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2018 16:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 20:38 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67315 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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