publication . Article . Preprint . 2010

Adversity and sex differences in social and emotional sensitivity in children; a possible mechanism for sex differences in psychiatric disorders

Jonathan Hill; Helen Sharp; Lynne Murray;
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  • Published: 20 Jun 2010 Journal: Nature Precedings (eissn: 1756-0357, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Abstract
Females are superior to males on a range of tasks indexing social sensitivity, the capacity to infer others' mental states and respond with appropriate behaviours and emotions(1-3). There are also sex differences in psychiatric disorders in children and adolescents. Boys have higher rates of psychiatric disorders before puberty, but disorders increase markedly in girls after puberty (4). The causes of the commonest forms of disorder, antisocial behaviour problems in boys, and depression in girls, entail altered brain function caused by genetic variations and psychosocial adversities mainly arising in the family, and the interaction between the two (5;6). Th...
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free text keywords: Neuroscience, Biology, Sensory processing, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Bioinformatics, Clinical psychology
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publication . Article . Preprint . 2010

Adversity and sex differences in social and emotional sensitivity in children; a possible mechanism for sex differences in psychiatric disorders

Jonathan Hill; Helen Sharp; Lynne Murray;