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Sex and Gender in Psychopathology

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The Cambridge Handbook of the International Psychology of Women

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It is important to understand the differential impact of individual difference characteristics on psychopathology. Sex and gender constructs are individual difference variables that are crucial in fully understanding mental illnesses. In this chapter, we consider international perspectives on sex and gender in psychopathology. Unfortunately, our knowledge of sex and gender in psychopathology is limited by several factors, including conflated terminology, sex- and gender-neutral research, and various biases; all of which are discussed herein. Furthermore, our knowledge related to the intersection of nationality and sex and gender on psychopathology is limited. Nonetheless, we discuss what is known and what remains unknown about sex and gender in five major psychopathology categories: Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Major Depressive Disorder, and Substance Use Disorders.


Department of Psychology

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