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Gender and preferred therapy

Posted by llrrrpp on June 26, 2006, at 20:57:18

Hi All,
I'm going to start a discussion that I've been wondering about since I started hanging out on psycho-babble 7 weeks ago.

I know that most therapy clients are female. (from the book "In Session: the bond between women and their therapists")

I was wondering if males were more likely to be treated using psychopharmacology?

Without evoking unpleasant and offensive gender stereotypes, what could be the reasons for the gender difference?

Is there something about the T-client relationship or the current state-of-the art in psychotherapy that makes women benefit more from psychotherapy? If not, what could explain the gender gap in therapy clientele? (gender differences in propensity to seek treatment? gender differences in prevalence of mental disorders? Cultural factors making it more socially acceptable for women to report being in therapy?)

I'm just trying to understand this new world a little better. I haven't been in treatment for psych disorder very long. But it's likely something that I'll have to struggle with for the rest of my life. I want to learn as much as I can.

Thanks so much,




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