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J Affect Disord. 1997 Nov;46(2):87-94.

The social circumstances of anxiety and its symptoms among Anglo-Jews.

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Psychology Department, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, UK.


In this community study of orthodox-affiliated Jews in London the social circumstances of anxiety were examined. By contrast with previous work on women in London, danger and early adversity bore only a weak relationship with anxiety in this sample. Eventfullness had the strongest relationship with anxiety of all the circumstances examined. Women were more likely to suffer from borderline anxiety than were men, but there were no gender differences in case anxiety. Women had more eventful lives than men but this could not solely account for gender differences in anxiety. Findings suggest the importance of cultural factors in aetiology.

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