Monthly Archives: April 2011

Is social stress in the first half of life detrimental to later physical and mental health in both men and women?

This study examined gender differences in the associations between affection- and status-related stressors encountered in the first half of life and physical and mental health problems later on. Based on the theory of Social Production Functions (SPF) two hypotheses have been formulated, which were tested in a representative sample of 446 men and 514 women (aged 40-79). Main outcome measures were number of chronic somatic diseases and level of psychological distress. As expected, regression… Continue reading

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