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Title: Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Emotional Regulation and Quality of Life in Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: A Qualitative and Quantitative Study
Authors: Bhardwaj, Tanvi
Supervisor: Ganguly, Sohinee
Keywords: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS);Mental health;Well-being;Mixed methods;Depression;Anxiety;Stress;Quality of life;Emotional regulation.
Issue Date: 28-Jun-2023
Abstract: This mixed methods research aimed to examine the occurrence of depression, anxiety, and stress among women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) while also exploring their quality of life and emotional regulation. The study employed a concurrent transformative mixed methods design, collecting and analysing quantitative and qualitative data. For the quantitative study, a purposive sampling technique was employed to select a sample of 140 participants, consisting of 70 individuals with PCOS/PCOD and 70 individuals without the condition. The collection of quantitative data was conducted by administering an online survey utilizing measurement tools such as the Emotional Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ), Quality of Life Scale (QOLS-16), and Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS-21). Descriptive statistics and an independent t-test were used for data analysis. The results indicated significantly higher levels of stress, anxiety, and depression among women with PCOS, along with a lower quality of life compared to women without the condition. However, no significant differences were found in emotional regulation between the two groups. Qualitative data were gathered by conducting semi-structured interviews with 15 participants diagnosed with PCOS. Thematic analysis using the Delve Qualitative Tool revealed the experiences of women living with PCOS, highlighting the impact on relationships, social well-being, healthcare limitations, and psychological aspects. It emphasizes the need for comprehensive care, including support, awareness, and education sessions. The research emphasizes the significance of addressing the mind-body connection and promoting overall well-being for women with PCOS.
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