The purpose of the present study was to develop and test attitude scales for menopause and estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) using 116 college-aged and 136 mid-aged women. Factor scores indicate that mid-aged women view menopause in a more benign fashion than college-aged women and are more likely to view ERT as positive while recognizing side effects. Restricted variability on ERT attitude items suggests limited knowledge or opinions and a need for education across ages. Women's perceptions of ERT are in terms of a solution for immediate relief of symptoms in contrast to current medical recommendations that emphasize ERT as long-term disease prevention therapy.
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