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Physical activity, evaluation of menopause, life satisfaction and influence tactics in marriage of perimenopausal women
 
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Department of Social and Environmental Psychology, Institute of Psychology, University of Silesia, Katowice, Poland
Submission date: 2016-03-22
Final revision date: 2016-05-30
Acceptance date: 2016-05-30
Online publication date: 2016-10-19
Publication date: 2016-10-19
 
Health Psychology Report 2017;5(1):48–54
 
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Background
Domination of the biomedical approach to menopause may imply creation of negative attitudes to the phenomenon, and at the same time negatively affect women’s life satisfaction and behaviour in the family. It is assumed that physical activity may be a defensive factor, as this type of activity may reduce the intensity of menopause symptoms. The aim of the research was to determine the relation between menopause evaluation, life satisfaction and tactics of influence employed in marriage by women who differ in involvement in physical exercise.

Participants and procedure
The research was conducted among 90 women, at the age of 45-55: 45 physically active women and 45 women who do not engage in any physical activity. The following research methods were used: the Menopause Evaluation Scale, the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) and the Questionnaire of Influence in Close Relations of Women and Men.

Results
Positive evaluation of menopause was related to involvement in physical exercise as well as to a stronger tendency to use positive strategies of exerting influence on one’s spouse. The research also showed a slight correlation between life satisfaction and involvement in physical exercise. Negative evaluation of menopause was related to avoiding physical activity.

Conclusions
Physical activity is more frequently related to a positive attitude towards menopause and the use of more positive tactics of exerting influence on one’s spouse, and slightly positively conducive to one’s life satisfaction level.
 
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