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MMW Fortschr Med. 2008 Jan 17;149 Suppl 4:132-6.

[Midlife crisis in men? Subjectively perceived physical and mental changes in men of advancing age].

[Article in German]

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Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und Allergologie Andrologische Abteilung, Universität Leipzig. Kurt.Seikowski@medizin.uni-leipzig.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

What changes physically and mentally in men with increasing age? Does satisfaction with life only decrease? The personal subjective perception of the situation plays a decisive role in this assessment. One compares oneself to the past and to others, notices the illnesses of others and monitors oneself.

METHODS:

To study this problem, 85 men between the ages of 40 and 65 years were anonymously questioned by letter. The men filled out two questionnaires: one on change of life and virility symptoms (KLV) and a second on satisfaction with life (FLZ). The respondents were divided into three age groups: 40-47 (n = 26), 48-55 (n = 33) and 56-65 (n = 26) years old.

RESULTS:

The most frequent mental changes were related to concentration disorders (72.9%), tiredness (70.6%), increased irritability (65.9%) and a failing memory (63.5%). For physical changes, joint and limb pain (77.6%) were named the most frequently, followed by back pain (68.2%), the diminishing interest in sex (62.6%) and weight gain (55.0%). Whereas the rating of many criteria in the 40 to 47-year olds did not differ from that of the 56 to 65-year olds, the satisfaction with life in the 48 to 55-year olds in regards to leisure time, partner relationship, personal sexuality, satisfaction with oneself and social integration was lower.

CONCLUSIONS:

In summary, many areas of a man's life become destabilized at around age 50. Nevertheless, men are able to adapt to their changed physical and mental abilities and qualitatively reorient themselves.

PMID:
18402235
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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