Vulnerability and Protective Factors for Mental Health: A Rereading in Gender Perspective

  • Anita Riecher-RösslerEmail author


Sex and gender differences in mental disorders are among the most intriguing and stable findings in psychiatry. Differences have been shown regarding incidence and prevalence, symptomatology, or course in many disorders. But we still do not really understand the causes of these differences. Most likely, they are mainly due to different vulnerabilities and a different distribution of risk and protective factors in women and men [1–6]. Evidence for this will be discussed in the following chapter.


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  1. 1.Center for Gender Research and Early DetectionUniversity of Basel Psychiatric HospitalBaselSwitzerland

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