Sex of a Case History and the DSM-III Diagnosis of Depression
DeVault S K~~Dambrot F H
The purpose of this study was to examine the hypothesis that male clinicians ware more likely to label & diagnose women as depressed. Subjects were clinical psychologists & psychiatrists listed in professional directories of the American Psychological & Psychiatric Societies. Questionnaires & a case history of an attempted suicide were mailed to the subjects. 1/2 received a “disguised” female depressed case, & 1/2 received a true male depressed case. Results indicated sex had little effect.