Gender-related traits, quality of life, and psychological adjustment among women with irritable bowel syndrome

  title={Gender-related traits, quality of life, and psychological adjustment among women with irritable bowel syndrome},
  author={Sabrina Voci and Kenneth M. Cramer},
  journal={Quality of Life Research},
ObjectiveIrritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional illness associated with significant impairment in quality of life. Compared to men, women are more likely to meet criteria for IBS, to seek treatment, and experience greater detriments in quality of life. In addition to physiological factors, psychosocial factors may contribute to such gender differences. We examined whether traits associated with masculine (agentic) and feminine (communal) gender roles were linked with adjustment to IBS… 

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    Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association
  • 2000
Three gender-linked traits were examined with respect to adjustment to a coronary event and unmitigated communion was linked with poor health behavior and negative social interactions, which partly explained the link of unmitigating communion with depression and cardiac symptoms.

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