The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth about Men, Women, and Mental Health

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Part of Book at Lunchtime, a fortnightly series of bite size book discussions, with commentators from a range of disciplines. Free, all welcome - no booking required.

Join us for a sandwich lunch from 12:45, with discussion from 13:00 to 13:45.

Daniel Freeman (Professor of Clinical Psychology) will discuss his book The Stressed Sex: Uncovering the Truth about Men, Women and Mental Health with:

Elaine Fox (Professor of Cognitive and Affective Psychology and Director of the Oxford Centre for Emotions and Affective Neuroscience)
Avner Offer (Professor of Economic History, University of Oxford)
Janet Radcliffe Richards (Professor of Practical Philosophy, University of Oxford)

About the book

Every day millions of people struggle with psychological and emotional problems. The Stressed Sex sets out to answer a simple, but crucial, question: are rates of psychological disorder different for men and women? The implications - for individuals and society alike - are far-reaching, and to date, this important issue has been largely ignored in all the debates raging about gender differences.

Now Daniel Freeman and Jason Freeman present a ground-breaking combination of epidemiological analysis and evidence-based science to get to the bottom of what's really going on. They discover which mental health problems are more common in men, and which are seen most often in women. And, in a finding that is sure to provoke lively debate, they reveal that, in any given year, women experience higher rates of psychological disorder than men. Why might this be the case? The Stressed Sex explains current scientific thinking on the possible reasons - and considers what might be done to address the imbalance.

The book was Highly Commended in the Basis of Medicine category of the BMA Book Awards 2014.


Humanities & Science

Contact name: Hannah Penny

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Audience: Open to all

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