Perimenopausal health self-efficacy among Hispanic Caribbean and non-Hispanic white women.

Academic Article


  • The perimenopausal experience varies among different ethnic and cultural groups. This research examined perimenopausal health self-efficacy of Latinas and non-Hispanic White women and variables that predicted health in 147 women ages 40 to 60 in the Northeast United States. Self-efficacy scores were similar for both groups. Latinas scored lower, however, in the Cognition/Decision Making subscale of the Perimenopausal Health Self-Efficacy Survey (PHS-ES). Perceived health was predicted by control over health and stress for both, and greater self-efficacy was associated with higher perceptions of health. Subtle differences existed between the two groups, which may reflect cultural beliefs and barriers to care during midlife.
  • Authors

  • Reece, Susan M
  • Harkless, Gene
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • March 2006
  • Published In


  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Cultural Characteristics
  • Female
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Menopause
  • Middle Aged
  • New England
  • Self Efficacy
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Whites
  • Women's Health
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 16524853
  • Start Page

  • 223
  • End Page

  • 237
  • Volume

  • 27
  • Issue

  • 3