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Title: Distress and coping with hot flushes at work: Implications for counsellors in occupational settings
Authors: Reynolds, F
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Counselling Psychology Quarterly. 12 (4) 353-361
Abstract: This study explored whether mid-life women regard hot flushes at work as a substantial stressor. A sample of 29 working women reporting hot flushes for at least 12 months rated the degree to which each of ten work situations influenced flush distress or discomfort. Ratings were compared with qualitative accounts of coping with flushes at work. Results showed that women differed markedly in the work situations that they regarded as most problematic, but flush distress was commonly magnified during formal meetings, in hot enclosed spaces and in the presence of male colleagues. A substantial minority viewed colleagues as conveying negative attitudes towards menopausal problems, which jeopardised general confidence at work as well as creating specific difficulties during flush episodes. Flush distress was higher among those reporting embarrassment and difficulties disclosing menopausal status to others. Respondents made suggestions for ways in which the working environment could be improved to assist women in managing hot flushes. Coping with flushes was largely seen as an individual rather than organisational responsibility. Other stigmatising health problems may present similar subjective problems at work and this needs further study. Some implications for counsellors working in organisational settings are explored.
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