The journal of mental health administration

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 338–346

Gender differences in the use of outpatient mental health services

  • Anne Rhodes
  • Paula Goering

DOI: 10.1007/BF02521353

Cite this article as:
Rhodes, A. & Goering, P. The Journal of Mental Health Administration (1994) 21: 338. doi:10.1007/BF02521353


Current economic constraints necessitats careful planning and evaluation of mental health services. Gender differences in need and use of outpatient mental health services are synthesized based on current epidemiological research. Although overall prevalence rates of mental disorder are similar, women use more outpatient mental health services than do men. This disparity exists largely within the primary care sector. The study of social roles and behavior may help explain these gender differences. Implications for planning and organizing outpatient mental health services are discussed.

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© Association of Mental Health Administrators 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne Rhodes
    • 1
  • Paula Goering
    • 2
  1. 1.Health Systems Research Unit, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Department of PsychiatryUnviersity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.the Health Systems Research Unit of the Clarke Insitute of PsychiatryCanada