Sex Roles and Psychopathology

  • Cathy Spatz Widom


Psychopathology and deviance cannot be understood in the abstract. Rather, definitions of deviance and mental illness depend on cultural norms, societal expectations and values, individual differences, professional biases, and the social-political climate of the time. Sex Roles and Psychopathology analyzes the extent to which cultural norms about the sexes, societal expectations and values about sex-typed behavior, sex differences, and professional biases influence the development, manifestation, and maintenance of abnormal behavior among men and women.


Eating Disorder Sexual Dysfunction Gender Identity Sexual Script Resistance Resource 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Cathy Spatz Widom
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  1. 1.Departments of Forensic Studies and PsychologyIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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