|BRIEF RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
|Year : 2005 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 229-232
Psychological symptoms in women in a primary care setting in Tamil Nadu
Edwina Lawson, Tom Craig, Dinesh Bhugra
Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, United Kingdom
Background: Common mental disorders, especially depression, are likely to increase as a result of globalization and industrialization and it is likely that the resultant burden of care will increase proportionately. Women have a higher prevalence of depression and also carry the burden of caring for the affected individuals.
Aim: To study the psychological symptoms with possible common mental disorders in a primary care setting.
Methods: One hundred two women of Tamil ethnicity were approached to take part in answering the SelfReport Questionnaire (SRQ). The mean age of cases and non-cases were 39 years and 33 years, respectively.
Results: Nearly three-fifths scored above the cut-off point. Age, physical illness and chronic pain were found to be important factors in the genesis of depression in particular.
Conclusion: These findings have major implications for any preventative or intervention strategies.
Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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