Knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and practices of African-American women toward menopausal health.

Phyllis W. Sharps, Janice Phillips, Lola Oguntimalide, Jessica Saling, Stephanie Yun

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The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the knowledge, attitudes, perceptions and health practices related to menopausal health among African-American women (N= 106) from diverse SES levels, between 40 to 65 years of age. The mean age was 49 years of age, 60.7% were college graduates, 45.8% were married, 85% employed full-time and 88% had medical insurance. Two-thirds rated their health as good, and half believed their health was better than other women. Most women (58%) use hormone replacement therapy (HRT) or would consider using HRT. In general women were knowledgeable about the process of menopause. Among this diverse group of women there were significant differences (p<.05) in use of HRT and health promotion behaviors. Most women (48.5%) sought information from printed materials. Women and their physicians should be encouraged to discuss menopausal health. Culturally appropriate materials should be provided in all women's health settings, through media and places where women gather including churches, beauty parlors, community centers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-15
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of National Black Nurses' Association : JNBNA
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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