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Questionnaire Studies of Paramenstrual Symptoms

Richardson, John T. E. (1990). Questionnaire Studies of Paramenstrual Symptoms. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 14(1) pp. 15–42.

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A number of formal questionnaires have been devised to study paramenstrual symptomatology. It has been suggested that women's responses to these questionnaires are vulnerable to forgetting and contaminated by culturally induced expectations. Nevertheless, concurrent reports of experienced symptoms may correlate highly with retrospective judgments, even when the relevance of the menstrual cycle is disguised. They also differentiate between women with and without a self-reported history of premenstrual symptoms, although concurrent reports across several menstrual cycles are impractical to collect and may be inconsistent between successive cycles. A number of methodological criticisms have been directed toward the most commonly used device, the Menstrual Distress Questionnaire. In principle, however, retrospective questions offer a reliable and accurate indication of women's experience during the normal menstrual cycle.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 0361-6843
Academic Unit/School: Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning and Teaching Innovation (LTI)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 49801
Depositing User: John T. E. Richardson
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2017 12:28
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:52
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