The Costs of Caring: A Perspective on the Relationship Between Sex and Psychological Distress

  • Ronald C. Kessler
  • Jane D. McLeod
  • Elaine Wethington
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 24)


This paper is different from the others in this volume in that we discuss the health-damaging effects of providing social support rather than the health-promoting effects of receiving it. Our topic has heretofore been neglected. Yet, as we show below, there is good reason to think that there are serious personal costs associated with being a supporter; costs that should be taken into account by those who advocate community interventions to increase access to support.


Psychological Distress Stressful Life Event Personal Event Good Mental Health Personal Distress 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald C. Kessler
    • 1
  • Jane D. McLeod
    • 1
  • Elaine Wethington
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of MichiganUSA

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