Perceptions of control and improved psychological, physical, and social functioning in postmenopausal women

Emily A. Vargas*, Ramaswami Mahalingam

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Throughout life, social messages about women’s bodies put them at greater risk of specific psychological health conditions than men; yet little is known about what psychological factors can help promote mental health in older women. In this study, we examine how perceptions of control relate to perceptions of psychological health, in addition to physical health, and social functioning in a sample of postmenopausal women. Results suggest that increased perceptions of control relate to improved perceptions of health via a reduction in negative affect. Implications for promoting health and reducing gendered mental health disparities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1259-1269
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume25
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • elders
  • health promotion
  • health psychology
  • perceptions of control
  • women’s health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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