A woman's view of DSM-III.

  title={A woman's view of DSM-III.},
  author={Marcie Kaplan},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={38 7},
  • M. Kaplan
  • Published 1983
  • Medicine
  • The American psychologist
Women's treatment rates for mental illness are higher than men's. This article argues that one explanation for this sex difference is that masculine-biased assumptions about what behaviors are healthy and what behaviors are crazy are codified in diagnostic criteria and thus influence diagnosis and treatment patterns. Several theories accounting for women's higher treatment rates are reviewed. Chester's theory of women's overconforming and underconforming to sex role stereotypes is evaluated in… Expand
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