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Sukkyung You, Kyulee Shin
Physically active leisure plays a key role in successful ageing. Exercise beliefs are one of the key predictors of exercise behavior. We used structural equation modeling to assess the plausibility of a conceptual model specifying hypothesized linkages among middle aged adults perceptions of (a) exercise beliefs, (b) physical exercise behavior, and (c) subjective well-being. Four hundred and two adults in South Korea responded to survey questions designed to capture the above constructs. We found that physically active leisure participation leads to subjective well-being for both middle aged males and females...
April 27, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Laura Curran, Judith McCoyd, Shari Munch, Bonnie Wilkenfeld
In this study, we examine the phenomenology of maternal identity development among U.S. women hospitalized with medically high risk pregnancies (MHRP). We conducted 16 in-depth interviews with women and find that they drew on culturally normative notions of maternal nurture, worry, and sacrifice to construct maternal identity in the context of MHRP. Based on our findings, we suggest that MHRP shapes women's sense of a unique connection to and distinctive cognitive representations of their fetus that are facilitated by the use of technology...
April 27, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Piotr Żuk, Paweł Żuk
The authors describe the problems of women in Poland, who have limited access to abortion, in vitro fertilization procedures and prenatal tests. The current situation stems from ideological pressure which affects women's health issues. This is part of a broader syndrome of the conservative approach to women's health in Eastern Europe, as well as the factor that strengthens the extreme right in Europe. As women's sexual health is demonized, women less often undergo preventive examinations. Making the debate about health more rational requires radical socio-cultural changes in this part of the world...
April 25, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Jane R von Gaudecker, Ann Gill Taylor, Arlene W Keeling, Janice M Buelow, Sailas Benjamin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 20, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Juping Yu, Roiyah Saltus, Paul Jarvis
Drawing quantitative data from a large study, we explored service providers' perceptions of the care and support provided to older women from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds living in the UK. Analyzing 102 responses to a questionnaire, we found that care needs of this group of older women were not adequately addressed, with ineffective communication being frequently reported. A number of information pathways and barriers to service provision were identified. More work is needed to explore how best not only to acknowledge diversity in care needs within older populations, but also to design and deliver responsive services accordingly...
April 13, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Oznur Korukcu, Kamile Kukulu
The purpose of the researchers is to determine the effect of a mindfulness programme on readiness for motherhood, the level of maternal attachment, and on post-partum self-evaluation. We used the quasi-experimental design. Researchers applied the mindfulness-based Transition to Motherhood programme to the treatment group for seven days. Data was collected between December 2012 and June 2014 in Turkey. At the end of the study, the treatment group showed improvement in measures of acceptance of pregnancy, level of readiness to give birth, the level of maternal attachment and the level of competence in the role of motherhood...
April 13, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Thinh Nguyen, Yvonne L Hauck, Rebecca A Pedruzzi, Jacqueline Frayne, Daniel Rock, Milan Dragovic
Australian women attending community mental health services were surveyed to determine the relationship between sexual trauma, sexual activity, and sexual health seeking behaviors. Self-reported history of "forced sex" was 58.4% (n = 122 out of 220). Latent class analysis revealed a three-class model: "sexually active and health seeking," "low sexual activity and health seeking" and "low sexual activity and not health seeking." An association with general practitioner engagement and sexual health seeking behaviors was found...
March 31, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Nazilla Khanlou, Nida Mustafa, Luz Maria Vazquez, Deborah Davidson, Karen Yoshida
We present findings of a qualitative study exploring what constitutes relevant health promotion initiatives for immigrant mothers of children with developmental disabilities. We apply a social ecological approach, with a focus on gender-specific and transformative health promotion, to examine factors impacting mothers' health and wellbeing. Twenty-eight semi-structured and open-ended interviews were conducted with immigrant mothers in the greater Toronto area, Canada. Mothers identified facilitators, challenges, and strategies for their health promotion, providing relevant insights for meaningful intervention...
February 22, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Bola Lukman Solanke
This study examined the relationship between advanced reproductive age and childbearing choices measured by ideal family size, contraceptive use, and unmet need for contraception. Data were extracted from the 2013 Nigeria Demographic and Health Survey. The multinomial logistic regression was applied. Results showed that a majority of the women had large ideal family sizes; were not using any method of contraception; and nearly one-fifth of the women had unmet needs for contraception. Results further showed significant associations between advanced reproductive age and childbearing choices...
February 21, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Aleksandra A Staneva, Fiona Bogossian, Alina Morawska, Anja Wittkowski
Advances in perinatal mental health research have provided valuable insights around risk factors for the overall development of maternal distress. However, there is still a limited understanding of the experience of women struggling emotionally during pregnancy. We explored how women view, experience, and interpret psychological distress antenatally. Eighteen Australian women participated in in-depth interviews that were analyzed thematically within a critical realist theoretical framework. We present and situate the current findings within the dominant discourse of the good mother, which arguably promotes guilt and stigma and results in women self-labeling as bad mothers...
February 21, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Elena Camisasca, Rossella Procaccia, Sarah Miragoli, Giovanni Giulio Valtolina, Paola Di Blasio
The researchers of this study have two aims: The first one is to verify whether PTS symptoms, evaluated at 87 hours and at 3 months post-partum, are associated with MM and parenting stress, measured at 17 months post-partum. The second purpose is to investigate, at 17 months, the predictive effects of PTS symptoms on the dimensions of parenting stress and to explore whether MM mediates these associations. 41 mother-infant dyads participated in the study. The results show that, at 17 months, hyper-arousal symptoms predicted both MM and parenting stress...
February 19, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Jacky Forsyth, Elizabeth Boath, Carol Henshaw, Hannah Brown
To examine the effectiveness of exercise in the management of postpartum depression, women living in an inner-city, who were diagnosed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (Perinatal Version) (SCID-PN), were randomly assigned to an exercise group (N = 12) or control group (N = 12). A focus group was carried out to explore women's views of the trial. There were no significant differences between the two groups for SCID-PN. Although women who had engaged in the exercise viewed it positively (based on focus group data), low adherence to exercise meant that significant improvements in postpartum depression were not found...
February 14, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sanaa Abujilban, Jamila Abuidhail, Lina Mrayan, Reem Hatamleh
Dissatisfied pregnant women who are at higher risk of negative outcomes perinatally have not been identified in Jordan. The purposes of the researchers were to identify and compare socio-demographic characteristics of satisfied pregnant women with dissatisfied pregnant women. A non-experimental, descriptive, comparative design was employed. Jordanian pregnant women (n = 203) were consecutively selected. We found that younger, better educated pregnant women, with high economic status and small number of children were more satisfied with their life...
February 2, 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sheila Young Steinbrenner, Celeste Shawler, Sandra Ferreira, Claire Draucker
The purpose of this study was to explore the lived experience of help-seeking by South African women following sexual assault. Hermeneutic phenomenology guided the study. Interviews were conducted with six women who had experienced sexual assault at some point in their lives. Three venues were most significant to women's help-seeking experiences: the criminal justice system, health care facilities, and/or social service agencies. Essentially, the women's help-seeking experiences in these three venues are best described as fraught justice-seeking, pragmatic help-seeking, and desperate help-seeking...
May 2017: Health Care for Women International
Eleanor Krassen Covan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Health Care for Women International
Julie Sou, Shira M Goldenberg, Putu Duff, Paul Nguyen, Jean Shoveller, Kate Shannon
Despite universal health care in Canada, sex workers (SWs) and im/migrants experience suboptimal health care access. In this analysis, we examined the correlates of unmet health needs among SWs in Metro Vancouver over time. Data from a longitudinal cohort of women SWs (An Evaluation of Sex Workers Health Access [AESHA]) were used. Of 742 SWs, 25.5% reported unmet health needs at least once over the 4-year study period. In multivariable logistic regression using generalized estimating equations, recent im/migration had the strongest impact on unmet health needs; long-term im/migration, policing, and trauma were also important determinants...
May 2017: Health Care for Women International
Adeyinka M Akinsulure-Smith, Tracy Chu
In this project, we explored knowledge and attitudes toward female genital cutting (FGC) in a survey of 107 West African immigrants, including 36 men. Men in this study were as knowledgeable about the health consequences of FGC as women, though with a less nuanced understanding. They also rejected the practice at rates comparable to women. Despite this knowledge and rejection of FGC, most men did not express a personal preference for women with or without FGC in intimate relationships. Future research and interventions must explore men's opposition to FGC and emphasize the impact of FGC on their partners' gynecological and reproductive health...
May 2017: Health Care for Women International
Sidney Ruth Schuler, Elizabeth Bukusi
The success of women's microbicide use for HIV/AIDS prevention may hinge on health programs' ability to engage men to support it. In this qualitative study in Kenya, most women did not or would not tell their partners prior to initiating use, and/or would use despite their objections. Men generally did not agree with this, yet male partners of trial participants who discovered that their partners were using microbicides without their knowledge did not seem concerned. Findings suggest that efforts to engage men in microbicide use should avoid "awakening" patriarchal gender norms, and support women to use microbicides without involving their partners...
May 2017: Health Care for Women International
Ismael Jiménez Ruiz, Pilar Almansa Martínez, Carolina Alcón Belchí
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is internationally considered an affront to human rights and an act of violence against women and young girls. Furthermore, it hierarchizes and perpetuates inequality and denies women and girls the right to physical and psychosexual integrity. The aim of this study is to detect the weak points and false premises underlying male justification of FGM and to present demythologization as a health education tool. We used a qualitative methodology with an ethonursing focus via semistructured individual and group interviews in 25 men associated with FGM...
May 2017: Health Care for Women International
Olayide Ogunsiji, Emma Clisdell
In this literature review, we present a synthesis of interventions for intimate partner violence (IPV) among migrants. Searching through five databases for relevant articles published between 2005 and 2016, we report findings from ten relevant articles with focus on process, outcomes, and challenges encountered. Our reported interventions mainly targeted survivors, perpetrators, and primary level of prevention. The authors argued that grounding interventions on IPV within the cultural context of migrant population is crucial in increasing participants' engagement and obtaining a positive outcome...
May 2017: Health Care for Women International
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