The Dallas Heart Study dataset was used to examine relationships between menopausal symptoms and depressive symptom severity in 384 women (37–73 years old) self-reporting as menopausal. Self-reported menopausal symptoms were grouped based on the Menopause-specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (MENQOL). Depressive symptom severity was assessed using the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology – Self-Report (QIDS-SR). The relationship between menopause symptom groups, ethnicity and QIDS-SR was evaluated using multiple linear regression. Endorsement of sexual symptoms was positively associated with QIDS-SR score (β = .12, p = .031), suggesting that sexual dysfunction during menopause may be a predictor of underlying depressive symptoms.
- Hot flashes
- Sexual symptoms
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
- Obstetrics and Gynecology