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Feminine sex roles and depression in middle-aged women

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Date Issued:
1979
Abstract/Description:
University of Central Florida College of Social Sciences Thesis; The preponderance of females in the depressed population is a well established fact. Various hypotheses for this fact are reviewed and the hypothesis that females accepting the feminine role will be more likely to become depressed during their middle years than a more androgenous woman is submitted. To support this hypothesis a study was designed utilizing a Clinical group consisting of females, 35 to 50 experiencing depression and undergoing treatment for depression at one of three mental health centers and a Non-clinical group consisting of women, same age group, not experiencing depression and who had never undergone treatment for depression. Each subject was asked to complete a questionnaire to measure depression and femininity. Results of this study support the hypothesis that depression in middle-aged females is related to the degree of their acceptance of the traditional feminine role. Depression as defined and measured by Beck's Depression Inventory was positively correlated with femininity as measured by Bern's Sex-Role Inventory. The Pearson correlation coefficient for these two measures was .62 (p<.001), indicating that 38% of the variance in depression scores can be accounted for by the sex-role variable.
Title: Feminine sex roles and depression in middle-aged women.
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Name(s): Tinsley, Emily G., Author
null, null, Committee Chair
Social Sciences, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 1979
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: University of Central Florida College of Social Sciences Thesis; The preponderance of females in the depressed population is a well established fact. Various hypotheses for this fact are reviewed and the hypothesis that females accepting the feminine role will be more likely to become depressed during their middle years than a more androgenous woman is submitted. To support this hypothesis a study was designed utilizing a Clinical group consisting of females, 35 to 50 experiencing depression and undergoing treatment for depression at one of three mental health centers and a Non-clinical group consisting of women, same age group, not experiencing depression and who had never undergone treatment for depression. Each subject was asked to complete a questionnaire to measure depression and femininity. Results of this study support the hypothesis that depression in middle-aged females is related to the degree of their acceptance of the traditional feminine role. Depression as defined and measured by Beck's Depression Inventory was positively correlated with femininity as measured by Bern's Sex-Role Inventory. The Pearson correlation coefficient for these two measures was .62 (p<.001), indicating that 38% of the variance in depression scores can be accounted for by the sex-role variable.
Identifier: CFR0004425 (IID), ucf:52981 (fedora)
Note(s): 1979-12-01
M.S.
Clinical Psychology
Masters
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Electronically reproduced by the University of Central Florida from a book held in the John C. Hitt Library at the University of Central Florida, Orlando.
Subject(s): Depression
Mental
Femininity
Women -- Psychology
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Host Institution: UCF

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