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1 Psychology of Human Sexuality: Gender and Health. Gender and health Are there sex differences related to health in males and females? There clearly physical differences between men and women that have their costs and benefits i.e. genitalia. What about mental health issues, Autism, Alzheimer’s, or Anorexia/Bulimia? What about infectious disease, cancer, or even the common cold? Do these problems that affect so many people around the world have any gender specific biases? They are examples of social modeling, learning, cultural environment, and concrete biological (e.g., sexual selection principles) phenomena. Mental health problems are among the largest contributors to the hindrance of global health. Neurological conditions account for 28.47% of all disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) lost in 2010. This is in all countries, developing and industrial. These figures have shown little improvement throughout the last ten years. In addition to millions of people suffering from defined mental disorders, there are millions of people who are being affected because of extreme mental conditions: extreme poverty, neglect, abandoned elderly, women experiencing domestic violence, and those who are suffering post-traumatic stress disorder. A lot of these problems arise because of cultural modeling, social modeling, and learning situations. Although there don’t seem to be an extraordinary difference between men and women when it comes to sex differences, according to a 1999 study, women are at a slight higher rist of suffering from a mental health issue. An example of this is Alzheimer’s disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s 2011 figures states that women are 25% more likely to acquire Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. “Many studies of gender differences in cognition University of New Mexico
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