Volume 7 Supplement 1
Sex differences in asking for counselling and psychological support from a therapeutic center (A.P.P.A.C.)
© Kouros et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2008
Published: 17 April 2008
In the present study, the reasons why people ask for psychological support according to their sex is being investigated.
Materials and methods
Data was obtained from the Association of Psychology & Psychiatry for Adults & Children (A.P.P.A.C.) from January 2002 until December 2006. The sample size was N=100, aged from 22 years to 65 years.
Results indicated that there were population differences (62 women and 38 men) and statistically significant differences were found in the primary therapeutic goal of clients as well as their therapeutic course, according to their sex.
More specifically, results indicated that women tend to seek counselling mostly for themselves and secondary for a family member: women aged 25-35 want to deal with personal problems, women aged 35-45 seek for counselling (mostly relationship-based), while women aged 45-65 mainly wish to resolve problems with their children. On the other hand, men aged 30-50 years usually require counselling when their symptoms seem to disable them to successfully function in their workplace. Men over 50 years old ask for counselling in order to resolve a problem concerning their children. These men usually end their sessions when symptoms become less severe, while women are found to be more consistent towards therapy. Finally, as far as their socioeconomic status is concerned research results indicated that men of high socioeconomic status do not easily accept that they need counselling, while women of high socioeconomic status are more receptive towards counselling.
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