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Title: Association between mental illness and cycle phases and physical, social, and task attraction in female university students
Authors: Youssef, Lara 
Salameh, Pascale
Dagher, Maya
Akel, Marwan
Hallit, Souheil
Obeid, Sahar
Affiliations: Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Medical Sciences, University of Balamand (UOB), Al‐Kurah, Lebanon
Keywords: Anxiety
University students
Women's cycle
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: © 2021 Wiley Periodicals LLC
Part of: Perspectives in Psychiatric Care
Purpose: To examine the association between menstrual cycle phases and other
factors (depression, anxiety, and stress) with social, physical, and task attraction.
Methods: This cross‐sectional study enrolled 662 female university students
(December 2019–January 2020).
Results: Higher stress was associated with higher social and task attraction. Higher
stress and depression were associated with higher physical attraction, whereas
higher anxiety was associated with lower physical attraction. None of the cycle's
phases was associated with attraction.
Practical Implications: This study results showed a lot of contradictory information
to what is present in the literature, in addition to new associations that are not
tackled enough in the literature. Therefore, there is a crucial need for new firm
studies that explore the relationship between women's hormonal levels and
attraction levels.
DOI: 10.1111/ppc.12887
Ezproxy URL: Link to full text
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Medicine

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