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ERIC Number: ED317899
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 15
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PMS Awareness.
Atwood, Joan D.
This study was conducted to examine the incidence of premenstrual mood changes in a non-clinical population and to explore how women report that these mood changes affect their interpersonal relationships. Women (N=101) completed a questionnaire about their background and their physical and psychological responses to the premenstrual experience. Most of the respondents were between the ages of 31 and 40; most were married without children; most were either Catholic or Jewish; and most reported being white collar workers with almost one-half reporting some college education. Most respondents reported that they did not experience mood changes when they first began menstruating. The majority of women (78.4%) reported experiencing mood changes one week prior to menstruation. Of the women who reported premenstrual mood changes, over 68% reported feeling sad and depressed, 31.7% reported feeling anxious, and 18.8% reported feeling angry and edgy. Forty-five percent of the women specifically stated that their mood changes affected their interpersonal relationships. These mood changes appeared to increase over time, as women got older. (The discussion section examines how these premenstrual symptoms can function in a couple relationship and considers the implications for individuals, couples, and families.) (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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