Sex differences in the differentiation of psychiatric symptomatology

Briscoe, M.E.; Vázquez-Barquero, J.L.; Williams, P.; Diez-Manrique, J.F.; Peña, C.; Vázquez-Barquero, J L; Peña, C
March 1989
British Journal of Psychiatry;Mar89, Vol. 154, p364
Academic Journal
journal article
A study was conducted using data obtained from the first stage of a community survey in Spain, in which the 60-item version of the GHQ was administered to 1224 adults. Three hypotheses concerning respondents aged under 55 years were tested. The first was that in the context of a principal-components analysis, a greater proportion of the explained variance would be accounted for by the first (general) factor in women than in men. This was supported. The second hypothesis was that the intercorrelations between the GHQ-28 subscales would be greater for women than for men. This was refuted. The third hypothesis was that the differentiation between anxiety and depression would be greater in men than in women. This was supported. The differences investigated were found not to apply among respondents aged 55 years and over.


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