Relationship of Gender and Marital Status With Symptomatology in Psychotic Patients

Elaine Walker, Barbara A. Bettes, Edward L. Kain, Philip Harvey

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Abstract

This study examined the relationship of gender and marital status with ratings of symptoms in 882 psychiatric patients (521 males and 361 females) diagnosed as schizophrenic. Analysis of total symptom scores revealed an interactive effect of gender and marital status; married women had the highest total symptom scores, whereas married men had the lowest. Factor analysis of the symptom ratings yielded nine symptom factors. Factor scores were then computed to investigate possible gender and marital status differences in symptom pattern. Different profiles of symptoms as a function of gender were found. Results are discussed in light of selection and protection theories of the relationship between marital status and mental health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-50
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Volume94
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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