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Psychiatric morbidity in a gynaecology clinic an epidemiological survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  6692074     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Two hundred and eleven women between the ages of 18 and 65 years referred to a gynaecological out-patient clinic were screened for psychiatric disorder using the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) and a Demographic Questionnaire. A random sub-sample of 35 women were interviewed using the Present State Examination (PSE) and the Brown and Harris Life Events and Difficulties Schedule (LEDS), and compared to a general population sample (N = 140) matched for life stage (LS) and social class. Forty six per cent of women in the clinic scored as cases on the GHQ. High scores were associated with being divorced, separated, or widowed, and with complaints of pelvic pain. PSE case rates were higher in the clinic sample than in the general population group (29 per cent and 17 per cent). Younger women (LS 1) and middle class women in the clinic sample had higher rates than in the general population. Only the middle class women in the clinic sample showed significantly higher rates for severely threatening life events and/or difficulties before onset of psychiatric disorder. The study supports the view that rates of psychiatric disorder are high among women referred to a gynaecology clinic and indicates the importance of associations with demographic factors and recent experience of life stress, especially marital difficulties.
P Byrne
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science     Volume:  144     ISSN:  0007-1250     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1984 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1984-03-16     Completed Date:  1984-03-16     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0342367     Medline TA:  Br J Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  28-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Genital Diseases, Female / psychology*
Life Change Events
Mental Disorders / epidemiology,  etiology*
Middle Aged
Social Class

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