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D T H Dinh, J L White, M Hipwell, T K C Nguyen, A Pharris
Insights into disclosure by PLWHA can inform strategies for treatment and support, yet Vietnamese women's self-disclosure patterns are poorly understood. We conducted interviews with 12 HIV-positive women, identifying three principal factors influencing disclosure to family members: patrilocal residence, desire to protect own family, and the need for financial support. Women's decision-making about disclosure was significantly affected by dependence on or independence of parents-in-law and their own parents...
August 16, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Cheryl Ann Anderson
The trauma of birth is an international concern for all childbearing women globally. Since changes in 1994 to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) which included childbirth as a potentially traumatic event, several clusters of researchers, particularly representing the Scandinavian countries, the United Kingdom, and Australia, have emerged. Their research findings appear in numerous publications; yet, what is known from these studies is based on a variety of methodological designs and differing measurement tools making it difficult to draw many firm conclusions (Ayers, 2004 ; Ayers, Joseph, Mc-Kenzie-McHarg, Slade, & Wijma, 2008 )...
August 11, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Kyounghae Kim, Soohyun Kim, Yoonkyung Chung
Lack of medical care in North Korea and vulnerability to human trafficking during their migration increase risks of cervical cancer among North Korean refugees. To better understand factors influencing Pap test use, we conducted a qualitative study of 8 North Korean refugees in South Korea. Individual barriers were limited knowledge, lack of perceived need for preventive services, and concerns about costs. Environmental facilitators included having female providers, receiving family support, and free screenings...
August 11, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Varun Sharma, Dipak Suryawanshi, Niranjan Saggurti, Shalini Bharat
Accessibility and frequency of use of health care services among female sex workers (FSWs) are constrained by various factors. In this analysis, we examined the correlates of frequency of using health care services under targeted interventions among FSWs. A sample of FSWs [N = 1,973] was obtained from a second round [2012] of Behavioural Tracking Survey [BTS], conducted in 5 districts of Andhra Pradesh, a high HIV prevalence state in southern India. We used negative binomial regression models to analyse frequency of utilisation of healthcare services among FSWs...
August 11, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Seonglim Lee, Jaehye Suk, Minjeong Kim, Hyesun Hwang
We investigated the relationship between Korean young women's weight perception and nutritional deficiency to understand the effect of culturally fostered ideals of women's bodies on dietary life. We analyzed 585 participants' responses from the 2011 Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey by using logistic regressions. Women who overestimated their weight were more likely to suffer from nutritional deficiency. Overestimating weight was significantly associated with increased relative risks of deficient carbohydrate and protein intake...
August 11, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Erin Smith, Umesh S Charantimath, Susan F Wilson, Matthew K Hoffman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Maki Umeda, Yaeko Kataoka, Elizabeth Miller
In Japan, interventions for Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the health care setting are rare, partly due to Japanese cultural norms that marginalize women's IPV experiences. A thematic analysis of narratives of eight Japanese health professionals who are experts in IPV care identified shared core values and practices that have guided their development of culturally relevant IPV interventions: supporting women's autonomy to define what is at stake for her, appreciating unique trajectories and timing for recovery, and practicing shared decision making...
July 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Tugba Andac, Ergul Aslan
Our purpose of conducting this community-based study was to determine sexual functions of women in climacterium and effects of menopausal symptoms on sexual functions. It was descriptive, cross-sectional and community-based. The study sample consisted of 282 climacteric women. Menopause Rating Scale, Female Sexual Function Index and Sexual Satisfaction Scale for Women were used for data collection. The total score was 13.42±8.82 for Menopause Rating Scale, 18.73±9.79 for Female Sexual Function Index and 82...
July 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Ching-Fen Lee, Shain-May Tang
In this study, we investigated how physical health moderates the effect of housework on the perceived well-being in a sample of middle-aged and older women living with a partner in Taiwan. Two main findings are identified: First, the health status of middle-aged and older women moderates the relationship between their sense of housework fairness and perceived happiness. Second, the health status of their spouse moderates the relationship between their housework performance and perceived happiness.
July 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Marion Alex, Joanne Whitty-Rogers
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July 7, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Joshua O Akinyemi, Clifford O Odimegwu, Ayo S Adebowale
We investigated the relation of internal migration to contraceptive use and adjusted for individual and contextual (community) characteristics. Multilevel logistic regression models were fitted to nationally representative data of 28,876 women from 884 communities in Nigeria. Only about one out of every 10 women (10.4%) currently used a contraceptive method. Contraceptive prevalence according to the migration status were rural-urban (12.5%), urban-rural (13.8%), rural nonmigrants (6.2%) and urban nonmigrants (17...
June 23, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Nicole Warren, Carmen Alvarez, Maphie Tosha Makambo, Crista Johnson-Agbakwu, Nancy Glass
There is little evidence about family planning knowledge, attitudes, and use among couples in post-conflict Democratic Republic of the Congo. We used qualitative descriptions to analyze data from 75 participants. Intimate partner violence (IPV) was common among participants. They were aware of family planning methods; however, IPV and fears of side effects were barriers to use. Although participants were concerned about the cost of large families, had positive attitudes toward family planning, and intended to use it, actual use was uncommon...
June 6, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Mozhgan Moshtagh, Jila Mirlashari, Hassan Rafiey, Ali Azin, Robert Farnam
This qualitative study was conducted to explore the images of personal identity from the perspective of women with sexual addiction. The data required for the study were collected through 31 in-depth interviews. Sensing a threat to personal identity, dissatisfaction with gender identity, dissociation with the continuum of identity, and identity reconstruction in response to threat were four of the experiences that were common among women with sexual addiction. Painful emotional experiences appear to have created a sense of gender and sexual conflict or weakness in these women and thus threatened their personal identity and led to their sexual addiction...
May 30, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Eun-Ok Im, Young Ko, Eunice Chee, Wonshik Chee, Jun James Mao
Menopausal transition, in which biological and psychosocial changes are caused due to estrogen fluctuations, has been reported to increase cardiovascular risk among midlife women. The purposes of this study were to identify the clusters of midlife women by cardiovascular symptoms and to examine racial/ethnic differences in the clusters. This was a secondary analysis, in which hierarchical cluster and multinomial logistic analyses were conducted with the data (N = 966) collected in two previous studies. Three clusters were adopted: Cluster 1 (high vasomotor and low cardiorespiratory), Cluster 2 (low vasomotor and high cardiorespiratory and high discomfort/pain), and Cluster 3 (high discomfort/pain and high indigestion)...
May 22, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
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September 2017: Health Care for Women International
Heidi Siller, Margarethe Hochleitner
Women's Health is closely tied to sexuality. In the European context the European Women's Rights Movement fought for women's sexual rights and the right of women to self-determination over a woman's own body. However, there appears to still be an ongoing struggle to have such rights (e.g. abortion) reflected in legislation. In response to the article "Women's Health as an Ideological and Political Issue: Restricting the Right to Abortion, Access to In Vitro Fertilization Procedures and Prenatal Testing in Poland" (Żuk & Żuk, 2017 ), the potential influence of the Catholic Church on abortion legislation is discussed...
September 2017: Health Care for Women International
Shayesteh Shirzadi, Haidar Nadrian, Mohammad Asghari Jafarabadi, Hamid Allahverdipour, Hadi Hassankhani
Our aim in this cross-sectional study was to investigate the predictors of the stages of change in mammography adoption (MA) based on Health Belief Model among Iranian women. Through multistage cluster sampling, we recruited and interviewed 1131 women older than 40. After statistical adjustment for other risk factors, perceived barriers (OR D 0.84, 95% CI D .81-.87) and benefits (OR D 1.17, 95% CI D 1.11-1.24) were significant predictors for MA. Majority of the women were in the pre-contemplation and contemplation stages of change for MA...
September 2017: Health Care for Women International
Elisabeth Chop, Avani Duggaraju, Angela Malley, Virginia Burke, Stephanie Caldas, Ping Teresa Yeh, Manjulaa Narasimhan, Avni Amin, Caitlin E Kennedy
Gender inequalities shape the experience of food insecurity among women living with HIV (WLHIV). We systematically reviewed the impact of food insecurity on sexual risk behaviors and antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence among WLHIV. We included qualitative or quantitative peer-reviewed articles, extracted data in duplicate, and assessed rigor. Seven studies, from sub-Saharan Africa, North America, and Europe, met inclusion criteria. Food insecurity was associated with increased sexual risk through transactional sex and inability to negotiate safer sex...
September 2017: Health Care for Women International
Ma Luisa Marván, Joan C Chrisler, Jennifer A Gorman, Angela Barney
The psychological meaning of menarche was explored in 102 college students from Mexico and the United States. The Natural Semantic Networks Technique was used and participants were asked to respond to the prompt "My first period was …" The strongest components of the Mexican women's semantic network were scary, confusing, and unexpected; the strongest components of the American women's semantic network were unexpected, annoying, and painful. Only the Americans listed positive words (i.e., nice). The Mexicans' network contained the most negative words (i...
September 2017: Health Care for Women International
Eleonora C V Costa, Joana Silva, M Graça Pereira
The aim of this study was to examine how depressive mood, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, self-efficacy, and social support are associated with HIV risk behaviors. Participants were sexually active women (N = 1488) recruited when attending gynecological consultations in primary care settings. Standardized questionnaires were administered to assess for depressive mood, abuse/assault-related PTSD, social support, self-efficacy, stress, and sexual risk behavior. The resulting association models showed that demographic factors, mental health problems, and resources are associated with sexual risk behavior...
September 2017: Health Care for Women International
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