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The Role of Hormonal Fluctuations in Emotional Responses of Pre-menopausal Women
A research proposal discussing the biochemical changes and anxieties associated with menopause.
# 151711 | 2,182 words | 8 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Sep 03, 2012 in Chemistry (Biochemistry) , Biology (General) , Women Studies (General)

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This proposal begins by addressing the culturally accepted fact that women experience wild emotional upsets during the pre-menopausal stage of their life. However, clinicians are pressed to understand whether these fluctuations have a clinical cause, or whether they are merely one of the old "wives' tales" passed down from days gone by. The core of this research paper is to address whether or not real clinical evidence exists to support these emotional changes, to the women who are experiencing them, they are very real. This research will explore this controversy and the existing body of research into this delicate area in an attempt to find the source of these rampant emotions that have plagued pre-menopausal women for ages. Includes an annotated bibliography.

Literature Review
Annotated Bibliography

From the Paper:

"Issues/Needs and Solutions
"Understanding how hormones affect our emotions during critical periods of change during a women's life will play an important role in making certain that those women can obtain proper treatment, should they need it. This research will not only help women to understand what is going on in their bodies better, it will help clinicians to make appropriate diagnoses and to devise more affective treatment programs for these women. This research will provide valuable information that will help both the women and their doctors in providing them with the resources that they need to help understand and treat the emotional upsets that are claimed to accompany the pre-menopausal time in their life.

"This research will play an important role in understanding the causes of emotional upset during the pre-menopausal period in a woman's life. The topic was chosen because it is a problem that affects almost every woman at some time during her life. Little is known about what triggers emotional upsets in women during this time of change. Research has concentrated on the relationship between hormones and other conditions that affect women in other cycles of their life, such as Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, but they have spent little effort on women during the pre-menstrual phase of their life. A connection has been established between hormones, mood, and behavior in other areas of research, but pre-menstrual women have received little academic or clinical attention.
"This research will address the emotional issues that affect pre-menstrual women and the relationship between hormone changes during this time and mood. It will do so by examining two groups of women, one that has known hormonal disruptions, and the other that does not appear to have hormonal disruptions. It will examine changes in mood over time in both groups of women. The following research proposal outlines literature that supports the need for this research. The proposal will conclude with a discussion of the research methodology and the rationale for these methods."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Auger, C. & Forbes-Lorman, R. (2008). Progestin Receptor-Mediated Reduction of Anxiety-Like Behavior in Male Rats. PLoS ONE. 3(11): e3606. Retrieved from PubMed.
  • Doughty, F. (2007). Sending and Receiving: Biochemical Communication of Emotions between Prenate and Mother a Call for Early Intervention. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health. 21 (3): 281 Questia Database.
  • Kuriyama, S. (2006). Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage. CLIO. 36 (1): 114. Questia Database.
  • Mutsuura, H., Kanbara, K. & Fukunaga, M. (2009). Depression and Anxiety Correlate Differently with Salivary Free Cortisol in the Morning in Patients with Functional Somatic Syndrome. Appl Psychophysiol Biofeedback. 34(4): 291-298. Retrieved from PubMed.
  • Nyby, J. (2008). Reflexive Testosterone Release: A Model System for Studying the Nongenomic Effects of Testosterone Upon Male Behavior. Front Neuroendocrinol. 29(2): 199-210. Retrieved from PubMed.

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