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Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 1995 Mar;29(1):114-7.

Gender differences in obsessive compulsive disorder.

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  • 1Mills Street Clinical Research Unit, University of Western Australia, Bentley.


We investigated gender differences in 219 patients with obsessive compulsive disorder consecutively referred to a centre specialising in the behavioural treatment of anxiety disorders. Females had a later mean onset-age, and were more likely to be married and to have children; they were also marginally more likely to have a past history of an eating disorder or depression, while males were more likely to have a history of anxious or meticulous personality traits. Family loading for psychiatric disorders did not differ significantly between the sexes. The results are discussed in the context of the epidemiological literature on gender differences in OCD.

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