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J Psychosom Res. 2001 May;50(5):271-5.

Gender differences in psychological distress among patients with irritable bowel syndrome.

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Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, University of Albany, 1535 Western Avenue, Albany, NY 12203, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

We examined possible gender differences in psychological distress in a sample of treatment-seeking Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) patients.

METHODS:

A total of 341 IBS patients (238 females, 83 males) were studied. Structured psychiatric interviews were available on 250 participants.

RESULTS:

We found significantly higher scores for females than males on the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), Trait Anxiety of the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI), and Scales 2 and 3 of the MMPI. However, there were no differences in the percentages of the two samples meeting criteria for one or more Axis I psychiatric disorders, with 65.6% of the total sample meeting these criteria.

CONCLUSION:

Gender differences in psychological distress appear to be a function of method of measurement.

PMID:
11399285
DOI:
10.1016/s0022-3999(01)00207-0
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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