Premenstrual symptoms in black and white community samples.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Premenstrual syndrome specialty clinics are reported to be almost exclusively attended by white women. This racial discrepancy has raised the question of whether there is a lower prevalence or severity of symptoms during the premenstruum among black women. The authors evaluated selected premenstrual symptoms in a representative community-based sample and found no difference in the prevalence or severity of premenstrual symptoms reported by black and white women, except for a higher prevalence of food cravings among blacks. Exploration of broader sociocultural factors may explain the observed racial difference in seeking help for premenstrual complaints.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Stout, AL; Grady, TA; Steege, JF; Blazer, DG; George, LK; Melville, ML

Published Date

  • November 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 143 / 11

Start / End Page

  • 1436 - 1439

PubMed ID

  • 3777236

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0002-953X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.143.11.1436


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States