Attitudes and feelings towards menstruation and womanhood in girls at menarche

Rembeck, Gun I., Möller, Margareta, and Gunnarsson, Ronny K. (2006) Attitudes and feelings towards menstruation and womanhood in girls at menarche. Acta Paediatrica, 95 (6). pp. 707-714.

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Abstract

Aim: To elucidate early adolescent girls' attitudes, thoughts and feelings towards menstruation and their bodies.

Methods: 309 12-y-old girls answered questionnaires. One part of the questionnaire dealt with thoughts and feelings towards menstruation. The other part dealt with thoughts and feelings towards menstruation and sex and ability to communicate on aspects of womanhood.

Results: Postmenarcheal girls were less positive towards menstruation than premenarcheal girls (p=1×10−6). Many girls (43%) did not reaffirm the statement "I like my body" and almost one quarter stated being teased for their appearance. Many of the girls claimed that they had been called "cunt" (38%) or "whore" (46%). If called "cunt" or "whore", 17% stated that they felt alone, 76% felt anger and 50% were offended. Mothers were those with whom girls could most easily "chat" about their period. Sixty-seven per cent received information about menstruation from school nurses.

Conclusion: Wanting to be an adult and liking that their body develops seem to be associated with a more positive feeling towards menstruation. Furthermore, mothers’ timing and ability to communicate attitudes towards menstruation and the body are as important as those in a girl's immediate environment.

Item ID: 30757
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1651-2227
Keywords: adolescent; attitude; emotions; menarche; menstruation; puberty
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2014 01:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111704 Community Child Health @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 40%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care @ 20%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920205 Health Education and Promotion @ 30%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9304 School/Institution > 930402 School/Institution Community and Environment @ 30%
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