Research Article| Volume 1, ISSUE 3, P153-158, February 1979

Physiological, psychological and situational stresses in depression during the climacteric

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      The present study examined the characteristics and circumstances which distinguished between groups of depressed and non-depressed menopausal women; 20 women were studied overall. The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) was used to assess depression levels, while the administration and content analysis of a semistructured interview provided information regarding the presence or absence of stress across a number of variables. While the depressed group were not found to differ significantly from the non-depressed group in terms of stress due to physical symptomatology, they did differ on a number of the psychological and social stress variables, and showed a significantly greater combination of stresses compared with the non-depressed group. Some recommendations concerning management are made.


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