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Health Care Women Int. 2009 Jul;30(7):595-613. doi: 10.1080/07399330902928808.

Mental health needs of Arab women.

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College of Medicine, Office M27-120, University of Sharjah, P.O. Box 27272, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.


Researchers indicate that the prevalence of psychiatric morbidity in the Arab region is similar to that found in other parts of the world. Women, in particular, are more likely to suffer various disorders including depression, anxiety disorders, somatization, and eating disorders. In this article, the author highlights some of the research on the mental health needs of Arab women. Consideration is given to important cultural and contextual factors related to mental illness as well as potential risk factors. Finally, suggestions for future directions are provided in order to attempt to close the gap between the needs and the services available.

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