Gender differences in perceived social support and stressful life events in depressed patients

S. Soman, S. M. Bhat, K. S. Latha, S. K. Praharaj

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Objective: To study the gender differences in perceived social support and life events in patients with depression. Methods: A total of 118 patients aged 18 to 60 years, with depressive disorder according to the DSM- IV-TR, were evaluated using the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support and Presumptive Stressful Life Events Scale. Results: The perceived social support score was significantly higher in males than females (p < 0.001). Males perceived significantly higher social support from friends than females (p < 0.001), whereas support from significant others was higher in females. There was a higher mean number of total life events as well as specific type of life events in males that became apparent after controlling for education (p < 0.05). Financial loss or problems was the most commonly reported life event in both males and females. Work-related problems were more commonly reported by males, whereas family and marital conflict were more frequently reported by females. Conclusion: Perceived social support and stressful life events were higher in males with depression than females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-29
Number of pages8
JournalEast Asian Archives of Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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