Sex differences and depression in puerto rico

Glorisa J. Canino, Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Patrick Shrout, Milagros Bravo, Robert Stolberg, Hector R. Bird

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Sex differences in rates of depressive disorders and depressive symptomatology, as measured by the Diagnostic Interview Schedule, are examined for an island-wide probability sample of Puerto Rico. Consistent with previous research, depression is significantly more prevalent in Puerto Rican women than men. Risk factors associated with depressive symptomatology are examined from a sex-role perspective. The results of multiple regression analyses show that even after demographic, health and marital and employment status variables are controlled, women continue to be at higher risk of depressive symptomatology than men. These results are interpreted within a cultural and sex-role perspective.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)443-459
Number of pages17
JournalPsychology of Women Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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