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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(7), 6692-6708; doi:10.3390/ijerph110706692

Effects of Socio-Demographic, Personality and Medical Factors on Quality of Life of Postmenopausal Women

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Department of Nursing, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, 48 Żołnierska St., 71-210 Szczecin, Poland
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Department of Clinical Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Szczecin, 18 Szwoleżerów St., 71-79 Krakowska, Poland
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Department of Psychiatry, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, 26 Broniewskiego St., 71-460 Szczecin, Poland
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Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Szczecin University in Szczecin, 31 Grudziądzka St., 70-103 Szczecin, Poland
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Public Health Department, Pomeranian Medical University in Szczecin, 48 Żołnierska St., 71-210 Szczecin, Poland
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Received: 8 April 2014 / Revised: 22 May 2014 / Accepted: 19 June 2014 / Published: 26 June 2014
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Abstract

Numerous studies show that changes occurring in a woman’s organism during menopause may lower her quality of life. This study involved 630 healthy postmenopausal women from Poland. Its purpose was to assess their quality of life in relation to socio-demographic variables, medical data and personality profiles. The authors used the Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) to assess quality of life, the NEO-Five Factor Inventory to measure personality traits, and the Blatt-Kupperman Menopausal Index to estimate severity of climacteric symptoms. The study demonstrated significant relationships between quality of life and variables such as: age, education, employment status, and the use of menopausal hormone therapy. An analysis of personality traits revealed correlations between the openness to experience scores and the quality of life within physical functioning, vitality, and mental health. Neuroticism, agreeableness and extroversion significantly correlated with all quality of life domains. Conclusions: (1) Age, education and employment status have significant effects on the selected quality of life domains after menopause. (2) Quality of life within the general health domain was assessed lower by MHT-users (Menopausal hormone theraphy (MHT)). (3) Health-related quality of life is also influenced by personality traits, which are relatively stable throughout life. View Full-Text
Keywords: postmenopausal women; quality of life; personality; climacteric symptoms; age postmenopausal women; quality of life; personality; climacteric symptoms; age
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Wieder-Huszla, S.; Szkup, M.; Jurczak, A.; Samochowiec, A.; Samochowiec, J.; Stanisławska, M.; Rotter, I.; Karakiewicz, B.; Grochans, E. Effects of Socio-Demographic, Personality and Medical Factors on Quality of Life of Postmenopausal Women. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11, 6692-6708.

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