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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


VAZQUEZ-REYES, Antonio; MARTIN-RODRIGUEZ, Agustín; PEREZ-SAN-GREGORIO, María Ángeles  and  VAZQUEZ-MOREJON, Antonio J. Gender influence on severe mental disorders: relationship between behavior problems and family burden. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2021, vol.32, n.2, pp.65-70.  Epub June 14, 2021. ISSN 2174-0550.

Gender differences in behavior problems and their relationship with family burden in severe mental disorders were analyzed. The Behavior Problems Inventory (BPI) and two items related to family burden (FB 1: "Do you feel able to endure the illness or disorder and the problems it causes?" and FB 2: "How often are you overwhelmed by these behavior/illness problems?") were administered to 235 key informants under treatment in a community mental health unit. The results show that men presented more behavior problems and family burden, with significant differences in impulse dyscontrol and severe behavior problems. A positive correlation was found between behavior problems and family burden, where the inactivity/social withdrawal dimension was the best predictor of family load for men and women. We conclude that men have more behavior problems and that the inactivity/social withdrawal dimension has the most explanatory power for family burden in both men and women.

Keywords : Behavior problems; Severe mental disorders; Family burden; Impulse dyscontrol; Social withdrawal.

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