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The hypothesis that gender-related socialization processes underlie the raised levels of depression in women is explored by researching presumed causes of depression and showing that these are more common amongst women.
These factors include;
There is some evidence that part of the gender difference is artifactual. For example there is evidence that women seek help earlier than men and are more ready to identify that they are depressed.
while conversely there is evidence that men are more likely to resist seeking help and do not readily admit to being depressed.
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