ERIC Number: ED201582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes Towards Menstruation.
Stevens, Gwendolyn; Gardner, Sheldon
To explore current conceptions about menstruation, 50 male and female undergraduate students were asked to Q sort symptoms from the Moos Menstrual Distress Questionnaire (MDQ). The MDQ is a scale which contains 47 symptoms which have been associated with the menstrual cycle. The Q sort is a statistical technique in which data are analyzed as though the people in the study were the measuring instruments and the questionnaire items were the subjects. For this investigation, each of the 47 symptoms on the MDQ was typed on an index card. Students were instructed to sort the cards along a continuum from "1" to "7" (1=least relevant, 7=most relevant). Subjects were then directed to respond with four different conceptual sets: initial conceptions, current conceptions, conceptions for your best friend, and conceptions for the average women. Data from each of the four Q sorting tasks were submitted to a Q type factor analysis. Findings indicated that most of the clusters revealed attitudes linking a menstruating woman with a neurotic person. The conclusion is that general conceptions about menses have not changed even though people are probably more accurately informed now than ever before. Tables of data and a bibliography are included. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (4th, Philadelphia, PA, March 12-15, 1981).