Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The neuroticism personality trait and its relationship to menopausal symptoms
by Connor, Lora A., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2015, 56; 1586498
Abstract (Summary)

Virtually no research to date has investigated individual differences that might make women more or less susceptible to menopausal symptoms. This study hypothesized that high levels of the neuroticism personality trait render women more susceptible to severe menopausal symptoms. Neuroticism was assessed using the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Brief Version (EPQ-BV), and menopausal symptoms were measured with the Menopausal Rating Scale (MRS). A total of 169 English speaking women (M = 50.74 years) were recruited through social media and flyers to complete an online survey. After controlling stressors, exercise, and income, a strong correlation between high neuroticism and more severe symptoms was found. This indicates that negative menopausal experiences can be predicted with individual difference measures. The utility of being able to predict difficult menopause experiences with individual difference measures in a clinical setting, as well as suggestions for future research of this type, are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Amirkhan, James H.
Commitee: Ahrens, Courtney E., Cho, Young-Hee
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Aging, Personality psychology
Keywords: Menopause, Neuroticism, Personality, Stress, Traits, Women
Publication Number: 1586498
ISBN: 9781321682359
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