Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 263–269 | Cite as

Toward a contemporary tradition for menarche

  • Deana Dorman Logan
  • Judith A. Calder
  • Betty L. Cohen


A cultural tradition to acknowledge a girl's first menstrual period is proposed in order to overcome the negative connotation of the event. Three basic questions regarding such a tradition are addressed: Who would participate? What would it mean? What type of activity should it be? A research team consisting of a psychologist, a nurse, and a social worker suggests answers based on their interviews with mothers and daughters, as well as their collection of menarche anecdotes from women psychologists.


Research Team Social Worker Health Psychology School Psychology Cultural Tradition 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deana Dorman Logan
    • 1
  • Judith A. Calder
  • Betty L. Cohen
  1. 1.Holy Names CollegeOakland

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