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Shakiba M, Rouhbakhsh M, Kermansaravi F, Navidian A. The effect of couple counseling on severity of menopausal symptoms in women . Hayat. 2019; 25 (1) :25-38
URL: http://hayat.tums.ac.ir/article-1-2816-en.html
1- Dept. of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran
2- Dept. of Midwifery, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran
3- Dept. of Community Health Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran
4- Dept. of Psychiatric Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Zahedan University of Medical Sciences, Zahedan, Iran , alinavidian@gmail.com
Abstract:   (2600 Views)
Background & Aim: Menopause has been recognized as a critical stage in women’s life. Menopausal symptoms and problems can affect women’s health and well-being. Health promoting behaviors may be useful in alleviating these symptoms. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of couple counseling on severity of menopausal symptoms in women.
Methods & Materials: In a quasi-experimental study, 80 women with their husbands were selected by the convenience sampling method from health care centers in Zahedan in 2017, and were assigned to either experimental or control group. The data gathering tool included a demographic questionnaire and Menopuse Rating Scale questionnaire. Couple counseling for the intervention group was conducted in four 60-minute sessions. Data were collected before and 12 weeks after the intervention, and analyzed by independent and paired t-test, analysis of covariance and χ2 using the SPSS software version 21.
Results: There was no significant difference between the two groups in terms of demographic variables, but the mean of score changes for menopausal symptoms in the intervention group was -1.42±1.95 and in the control group was -0.10±1.10. The independent t-test showed a significant difference in the mean of score changes for menopausal symptoms in the two groups (P<0.0001).
Conclusion: Given that couple counseling has a positive effect on severity of menopausal symptoms in women, it is suggested that this counseling strategy be integrated into healthcare programs for menopausal women.
 
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Midwifery Care
Published: 2019/05/20 | ePublished: 2019/05/20

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