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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Lynnette Leidy Sievert

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Biological and Physical Anthropology


This cross-sectional study examines the sociocultural and familial factors that are associated with symptom experience at midlife among women in Nagaland. More specifically, the study examines the factors associated with symptoms at midlife, the relationship between symptoms at midlife, household stressors, ethnopolitical problems, and various measures of stress, and the buffering effects of social support against the negative effects of stress on symptoms at midlife. Data from 151 women aged 40-55 were collected from 4 regions in Nagaland, India. The most common symptoms reported during the past two weeks were headaches (72%), tiredness or lack of energy (67.5%), and hot flashes (58.3%). The study revealed a significant positive correlation between a composite measure of emotional instability (β=0.46, p


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