Date Approved

5-2-1995

Embargo Period

9-8-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Klanderman, John

Subject(s)

Manic-depressive illness; Sex differences

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to create a profile of bipolar disorder in an adult psychiatric setting. Comparisons were made between gender and disposition upon hospitalization. Relationships between gender and substance abuse; and gender and incarceration were also studied.

A sample of seventy-seven bipolar patients was studied, using descriptive statistics. Of the seventy-seven subjects, fifty-two were female and twenty-five were male.

It was found that females are not more likely to be hospitalized in a manic state of their bipolar illness as opposed to a depressed state. In the sample of male bipolar subjects that were studied, hospitalization occurs more frequently in a manic state of their illness as opposed to a depressed state.

Histories of substance abuse were prevalent in both male and female subjects. Incidences of incarceration were found only in male subjects.

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