M.A. in School Psychology
Educational Services and Leadership
College of Education
Manic-depressive illness; Sex differences
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.
Comparato, Cynthia, "Gender differences in bipolar disorder: a descriptive study" (1995). Theses and Dissertations. 2233.