Menopause: a qualitative study of Jordanian women's perceptions
Article first published online: 11 NOV 2008
© 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 International Council of Nurses
International Nursing Review
Volume 55, Issue 4, pages 427–433, December 2008
How to Cite
Mahadeen, A.I., Halabi, J.O. and Callister, L.C. (2008), Menopause: a qualitative study of Jordanian women's perceptions. International Nursing Review, 55: 427–433. doi: 10.1111/j.1466-7657.2008.00662.x
- Issue published online: 11 NOV 2008
- Article first published online: 11 NOV 2008
- Jordanian Women;
- Moslem Women;
- Women's Health
Purpose: The purpose of this descriptive qualitative study was to describe the perceptions of Jordanian midlife women about making the menopausal transition.
Methods: Audio taped interviews were conducted with 25 peri-menopausal Jordanian women. Interviews were analysed as appropriate for descriptive qualitative inquiry.
Results: The major theme generated was ‘A Life Transition’, which included: a time of no more reproductive obligations, changing from the burdens and obligations of reproductive roles and responsibilities to freedom, relief and rest; a time for managing peri-menopausal symptoms; and a time for growing into a wise woman and accepting aging as a part of life.
Nursing implications: These data can assist healthcare providers to provide culturally competent health care to midlife Jordanian women. Support groups may be helpful to facilitate connections between midlife women, increase self-awareness, assist women to come to value their menopausal experiences, to manage their symptoms appropriately through self-care measures and healthcare interventions and to more fully embrace being ‘wise women’.