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Supportive Relationships More Protective Against Risk of Major Depression for Women Than for Men

Supportive Relationships More Protective Against Risk of Major Depression for Women Than for Men

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) researchers have found that women who feel more loved and supported by their friends, relatives and children are less at risk for major depression than men, suggesting important gender differences in the pathways leading to depression.

In the February issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry, the VCU researchers report that among approximately 1,000 adult, opposite-sex, fraternal twin pairs, the female twins reported significantly higher levels of global social support than their twin brothers. The women were more sensitive than the men to the depressongenic effects of low levels of social support, particularly from the co-twin, other relatives, parents and spouses.

Supportive Relationships More Protective Against Risk of Major Depression for Women Than for Men

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.


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Grohol, J. (2005). Supportive Relationships More Protective Against Risk of Major Depression for Women Than for Men. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 20, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/blog/supportive-relationships-more-protective-against-risk-of-major-depression-for-women-than-for-men/

 

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