Gender Differences in Perceived Social Support and Stressful Life Events in Depressed Patients

Soman, S and Bhat, SM and Praharaj, Samir Kumar (2016) Gender Differences in Perceived Social Support and Stressful Life Events in Depressed Patients. East Asian Arch Psychiatry, 26 (1). pp. 22-29.

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Abstract

Objective: To study the gender differences in perceived social support and life events in patients with depression.Methods: A total of 118 patients aged 18 to 60 years, with depressive disorder according to the DSMIV- TR, were evaluated using the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and Presumptive Stressful Life Events Scale.Results: The perceived social support score was significantly higher in males than females (p < 0.001).Males perceived significantly higher social support from friends than females (p < 0.001), whereas support from significant others was higher in females. There was a higher mean number of total life events as well as specific type of life events in males that became apparent after controlling for education (p < 0.05). Financial loss or problems was the most commonly reported life event in both males and females. Work-related problems were more commonly reported by males, whereas family and marital conflict were more frequently reported by females.Conclusion: Perceived social support and stressful life events were higher in males with depression than females.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Depression; Life change events; Social support
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Psychiatry
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2016 11:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2016 11:07
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/146463

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