Premenstrual changes: Patterns and correlates of daily ratings

ArticleinJournal of Affective Disorders 10(2):127-135 · March 1986with7 Reads
Impact Factor: 3.38 · DOI: 10.1016/0165-0327(86)90035-2

    Abstract

    Daily ratings of 20 measures of mood, behavior, and physical condition made by 64 women for one menstrual cycle were analysed to determine patterns of covariance between the pre- and postmenstrual periods. Five discriminantly different dimensions of premenstrual change were identified. They were found to be differently related to a lifetime diagnosis of effective disorder. These results, and others, support the recommendation that research should be focused upon diversified premenstrual changes rather than a single premenstrual syndrome.