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Overview

Starting in embryonic development, gender has profound influences on us. Endocrine receptors in the brain affect cognition, mood, and behavior differently in males and females, and gender roles inevitably affect our psychosocial experiences. It should be no surprise that men and women have differences in vulnerability for developing many forms of psychopathology, in expression of symptoms and in response to treatment.

Gender and Its Effect on Psychopathology examines the gender differences in psychopathology, including susceptibility to psychiatric disorders, the timing of their onset, their course, and their response to treatment. Dr. Ellen Frank and colleagues show how studying these differences helps clinicians in predicting patients' responses to treatment. This book reviews • The types of depression to which women are prone, the hormonal basis of mood disorders in women, and the specific clinical phenomenology of reproduction-related depressions• Findings on how gender difference in socialization affect the development and symptoms of psychiatric disorders• Studies hormonal and pubertal changes that may explain the rise in rates for depression among females relative to males between ages 10 and 15 years• Epidemiological findings on the prevalence of depression among women and discusses plausible explanations for these findings• Gender differences in antisocial and borderline personality disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and substance dependence

A synopsis of current research on gender differences, Gender and Its Effects on Psychopathology provides practitioners with invaluable insight into understanding and treating patients with a variety of psychiatric disorders.

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Reviewer: Cindy L. Gilbert, MSW, LSW (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book brings together a collection of studies and papers analyzing differences between the sexes on a variety of issues from age at onset to course to symptomology of numerous psychiatric disorders. Weighted heavily in the area of affective disorders, this text includes only two articles on psychotic disorders and these both focus on schizophrenia. The editor also includes a section on gender-based differences in substance abuse. The book is rife with tables and figures of varying use.
Purpose: Dr. Frank strives to present a complete synthesis of the work that has been done on gender differences in psychopathology. The articles selected provide readers with a solid introduction on gender differences. Having such a volume on hand would be quite useful to students and practitioners at all levels.
Audience: While the editor does not overtly discuss audience, the content would suggest that this book is intended for graduate-level students as well as practitioners. Dr. Frank's credentials are impressive and her own contributions to the volume suggest considerable knowledge of the topic.
Features: The text is arranged in four sections: Etiological Mechanisms; Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Schizophrenia; and Substance Abuse and Dependence. Mood disorders get the most attention here, with articles focusing on changes at puberty in rates of depression, differences in response to treatment, and the role of anxiety in depression for women and men. Schizophrenia is addressed in only two articles. One of these is difficult to follow and cluttered with a table or figure for every variable, however ancillary. The lack of information about schizophrenia may be due to an overall lack of information about and understanding of schizophrenia in general. Each article is extremely well referenced, and the book contains a useful index.
Assessment: Dr. Frank has brought together a good representation of the current thinking on gender differences in psychopathology. Students seeking straightforward material on this subject and professionals looking for a starting point for their own research would do well to have this volume on hand.
Cindy L. Gilbert
This book brings together a collection of studies and papers analyzing differences between the sexes on a variety of issues from age at onset to course to symptomology of numerous psychiatric disorders. Weighted heavily in the area of affective disorders, this text includes only two articles on psychotic disorders and these both focus on schizophrenia. The editor also includes a section on gender-based differences in substance abuse. The book is rife with tables and figures of varying use. Dr. Frank strives to present a complete synthesis of the work that has been done on gender differences in psychopathology. The articles selected provide readers with a solid introduction on gender differences. Having such a volume on hand would be quite useful to students and practitioners at all levels. While the editor does not overtly discuss audience, the content would suggest that this book is intended for graduate-level students as well as practitioners. Dr. Frank's credentials are impressive and her own contributions to the volume suggest considerable knowledge of the topic. The text is arranged in four sections: Etiological Mechanisms; Mood and Anxiety Disorders; Schizophrenia; and Substance Abuse and Dependence. Mood disorders get the most attention here, with articles focusing on changes at puberty in rates of depression, differences in response to treatment, and the role of anxiety in depression for women and men. Schizophrenia is addressed in only two articles. One of these is difficult to follow and cluttered with a table or figure for every variable, however ancillary. The lack of information about schizophrenia may be due to an overall lack of information about and understanding ofschizophrenia in general. Each article is extremely well referenced, and the book contains a useful index. Dr. Frank has brought together a good representation of the current thinking on gender differences in psychopathology. Students seeking straightforward material on this subject and professionals looking for a starting point for their own research would do well to have this volume on hand.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880487986
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: American Psychopathological Association Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 332
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Frank, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh and at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Hormonal basis of mood disorders in women. Gender and dimensions of the self: implications for internalization and externalization behavior. Gender differences in major depression: epidemiological findings. Gender differences in schizophrenia. Gender differences in major depression: the role of anxiety. Gender differences in the epidemiology of substance dependence in the United States. Gender-specific etiologies for antisocial and borderline personality disorders. Pubertal changes and adolescent challenges: why rates of depression rise precipitously for girls between ages 10 and 15 years. Gender and schizophrenia. Gender effects in gene--environment interactions in substance abuse. Gender differences in response to treatments of depression. Anxiety disorders: clinical implications of gender differences. Gender differences in the effects of opiates and cocaine: implications for treatment. Index.

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