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Marriage, motherhood and psychiatric morbidity in New Zealand

  • S. E. Romans-Clarkson (a1), V. A. Walton (a1), G. P. Herbison (a1) and P. E. Mullen (a1)


The prevalence of psychiatric disorder, as assessed by both the GHQ-28 and the short PSE, is described for a random community sample of New Zealand women. In contrast to previous studies, married and widowed women and mothers showed lower rates than the never married and childless women. A plausible explanation is provided by available analysis of New Zealand gender roles. Such an explanation would reconfirm the importance of socio-cultural factors in community psychiatric disorder.


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1 Address for correspondence: Dr S. E. Romans-Clarkson, Department of Psychological Medicine, Sixth Floor, Dunedin Public Hospital, Private Bag, Dunedin, New Zealand


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Marriage, motherhood and psychiatric morbidity in New Zealand

  • S. E. Romans-Clarkson (a1), V. A. Walton (a1), G. P. Herbison (a1) and P. E. Mullen (a1)


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