Year: 1984 Source: Research in Community & Mental Health, v.4, (1984), p.301-323 SIEC No: 19870676

A consistent finding in epidemiological studies employing screening inventories to assess levels of depression in the general population is that women report more symptoms than men. Based on survey data from 1026 adult community respondents, this study finds support for the hypothesis that excess depression among women is due to relatively common symptoms of mood variation rather than a more severe array of symptoms suggestive of a depressive syndrome. Implications are discussed. 44 Refs. (LH)