Debate: Don't mind the gap – why do we not care about the gender gap in common mental health difficulties?

Praveetha Patalay, Ola Demkowicz

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Abstract

There is a substantial gender gap in common mental health difficulties such as depression and anxiety, and evidence on drivers of this gap is sparse. Yet, the current tendency in the field is to treat it as inevitable, and its drivers are rarely examined as a worthwhile question to pursue. We discuss possible reasons for this oversight, while highlighting the need to reform research priorities and systems to ensure this issue receives the investment and interest necessary to inform better prevention and support. We emphasise the need to meaningfully engage with women on the gender mental health gap to better inform investigations into salient drivers and, in turn, efforts toward change. We challenge the research community to question such pervasive disinterest in this large inequality disproportionately affecting over half the population, to prevent and narrow this for future generations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)341-343
Number of pages3
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume28
Issue number2
Early online date9 Apr 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2023

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