By Daniel Freeman
"Are charges of mental sickness various for women and men? the reply to this question, and its implications, are far-reaching. the following, Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman discover the hyperlinks among gender and psychological overall healthiness, drawing at the most sensible and most modern learn in numerous disciplines, to mirror on a posh and vigorous issue."--Website.
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Yet as we saw in Chapter 1, research suggests that both these types of problem are more common in women than men. Historical artefact though it may be, the absence of these very widespread conditions from the surveys leaves a sizeable hole in the overall data on gender and mental health. 34 n u m ber cru nch i ng Also missing from all but two of the surveys—the German and Chilean studies—is another category of problem more commonly diagnosed in women: somatoform disorders (though people presenting with the symptoms are often also experiencing depression and/or anxiety, and thus would quite likely be captured in an overall figure for mental illness).
Incidentally, we ought to add a word here about our use of the terms ‘sex’ and ‘gender’. ‘Sex’ is often a biological concept, used to distinguish creatures as male or female. ‘Gender’, on the other hand, is cultural: it’s a socially constructed idea of what it means to be male or female. The epidemiological surveys we analyse present data on gender. Rather than ascertaining the biological sex of the person being interviewed, the survey simply records whatever that individual reports. ) However, it often proves extremely tricky to determine whether a difference between the sexes is a product of biological or sociocultural influences.
When we describe a difference between male and female rates of psychological disorder as ‘significant’ we’re referring to what’s known as statistical significance. In essence, this denotes that the difference is sufficiently large to mean that it’s unlikely to have occurred by chance. Statisticians have put a figure on chance and that figure is 5 per cent. For a difference between the sexes to be significant, therefore, the likelihood of that difference arising by accident must be less than 5 per cent.