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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica
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MORI, Maria Elizabeth and COELHO, Vera Lucia Decnop. Women in body and soul: biopsychosocial factors in menopause. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2004, vol.17, n.2, pp. 177-187. ISSN 0102-7972. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-79722004000200006.
This study investigated biological, psychological and sociocultural aspects that interact in middle-aged women in order to better understand their feelings and experiences. The advent of the menopause - characterized by the end of the menstruation and by psychic and physical manifestations - imposes fundamental questions that, on the limit, may elicit depressive symptoms. Hormonal changes are implicated in the aging process, that point to the finitude. A feeling of not being themselves makes many women experience difficulties with losses inherent to this life period.
Keywords : Middle-aged women; menopause; aging; finitude.