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A Note on the Trend in Sex Differences in Psychological Distress
Sara S. McLanahan and Jennifer L. Glass
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Vol. 26, No. 4 (Dec., 1985), pp. 328-336
Published by: American Sociological Association
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2136656
Page Count: 9
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Recent studies have shown that sex differences in psychological distress have declined over the past several decades. Most commonly, the decline is attributed to increases in women's participation in the labor force, which is thought to have improved the mental health of women while reducing the mental health of men (i.e., husbands). Our paper examines the effect of changes in men's employment patterns during the past two decades. The findings show that declines in men's employment are as important as increases in women's employment in accounting for the sex trend in psychological distress.
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