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Experiencing Menopause in the UK: the interrelated Narratives of Normality, Distress and Transformation

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title = "Experiencing Menopause in the UK: the interrelated Narratives of Normality, Distress and Transformation",
abstract = "We investigated the experience and perspectives of menopause among 48 UK mothers through qualitative in-depth interviews. Interviews were analysed thematically then explored using social science theories. Three interdependent narratives emerged: menopause as a normal, biological process, distinct from self and social transitions; menopause as struggle, an ‘idiom of distress’ expressing upset, identity loss, shame and social upheaval; and menopause as transformative and liberating, arising from bio-psychic and relational changes. Some women followed a predictable ‘rite of passage’ trajectory with transformation emerging from distress, but not all: menopause arises from a complex interplay of personal predicament, somatic change and socio-cultural context.",
keywords = "menopause; women’s health; transformation; rite of passage; idiom of distress; in-depth interviews; qualitative research; UK",
author = "{de Salis}, Isabel and Amanda Owen-Smith and Jenny Donovan and Debbie Lawlor",
year = "2018",
volume = "30",
journal = "Journal of Women and Aging",
publisher = "Taylor & Francis Group",

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T1 - Experiencing Menopause in the UK: the interrelated Narratives of Normality, Distress and Transformation

AU - de Salis,Isabel

AU - Owen-Smith,Amanda

AU - Donovan,Jenny

AU - Lawlor,Debbie

PY - 2018

Y1 - 2018

N2 - We investigated the experience and perspectives of menopause among 48 UK mothers through qualitative in-depth interviews. Interviews were analysed thematically then explored using social science theories. Three interdependent narratives emerged: menopause as a normal, biological process, distinct from self and social transitions; menopause as struggle, an ‘idiom of distress’ expressing upset, identity loss, shame and social upheaval; and menopause as transformative and liberating, arising from bio-psychic and relational changes. Some women followed a predictable ‘rite of passage’ trajectory with transformation emerging from distress, but not all: menopause arises from a complex interplay of personal predicament, somatic change and socio-cultural context.

AB - We investigated the experience and perspectives of menopause among 48 UK mothers through qualitative in-depth interviews. Interviews were analysed thematically then explored using social science theories. Three interdependent narratives emerged: menopause as a normal, biological process, distinct from self and social transitions; menopause as struggle, an ‘idiom of distress’ expressing upset, identity loss, shame and social upheaval; and menopause as transformative and liberating, arising from bio-psychic and relational changes. Some women followed a predictable ‘rite of passage’ trajectory with transformation emerging from distress, but not all: menopause arises from a complex interplay of personal predicament, somatic change and socio-cultural context.

KW - menopause; women’s health; transformation; rite of passage; idiom of distress; in-depth interviews; qualitative research; UK

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VL - 30

JO - Journal of Women and Aging

T2 - Journal of Women and Aging

JF - Journal of Women and Aging

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