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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


ROMAN AVEZUELA, Nuria et al. Gender differences in delusional disorder. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2015, vol.35, n.125, pp.37-51. ISSN 2340-2733.

The objective of our study was to explore gender differences in Delusional Disorder (DD) comparing sociodemographic, clinical and risk factors and course's characteristics. The sample was compound of 50 inpatients during their first psychiatric entrance and diagnosis of DD (according to SCID-I for DSM-IV criteria). Cases were evaluated retrospectively by means of medical records revision, OPCRIT 4.0 and an inventory created by authors, about not gathered aspects. The proportion woman-man was of 1.27:1. The age of the first psychiatric entrance was higher in women. Men presented greater prevalence of Disorders for use of drugs before; while the women suffered more social retirement and previous depressive symptoms. Men presented greater frequency of generalized, megalomaniac, and jealousy and persecution delusions; whereas women displayed greater frequency of erotomaniac delusions, as well as delusional affectivity and perceptions. Men presented greater frequency of increase of the esteem of the Self; and women displayed initial insomnia and of average night more frequently. Differences in other sociodemographic, clinical and risk factors, and course's characteristics were not observed.

Keywords : Gender; differences; delusional disorder; psychosis; psychopathology; risk factors.

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