Gender inequalities, mental health and medicalisation

Gender inequalities, mental health and medicalisation

This research line focuses on examining gender inequalities in mental health and the utilization of psychotropic medications from an intersectional lens. The utilization of this intersectional perspective fosters the acknowledgment of the intricate influence of diverse social determinants—such as gender, social class, race/ethnicity, and age—on health outcomes. The methodological approach employed encompasses a blend of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Geographically, the scope spans across the Basque Country, Spain, and Europe.

There are currently several active lines of research or projects, including:

  1. Monitoring the trends in psychotropic drug consumption among children and adolescents, with a focus on the diverse social inequalities associated with consumption patterns (PSICOFARGEN).
  2. Examining gender-based inequities in the medicalization of mental health.
  3. Exploring the intersectionality of social class, race, and gender as determinants shaping mental health.
  4. Evaluating mental health policies from a gender perspective.

Gender inequalities, mental health and medicalisation - 2.part

Previously, between 2019 and 2023, the Mental Health, Medicalisation and Gender: analysis of inequalities and their determining factors (SAMEGEN) was carried out.