, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 87-96

The psychological effects of secondary amenorrhea in women runners

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The purpose of this study was to examine the psychological effect of secondary amenorrhea among women runners. Original data was gathered by conducting interviews—with amenorrheic and nonamenorrheic renners. All those interviewed reported that running improved their sense of selfesteem and feelings of adequacy. Some of the amenorrheic women indicated that the loss of mentruation was directly correlated to a loss of self-esteem, while others denied any adverse reaction. Brief social histories indicated a high degree of family psychopathology in the amenorrheic women runners. Those who sought psychotherapeutic help subsequently resumed menses.