Author(s): Ahmadi J, Ahmadi N, Soltani F, Bayat F
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Abstract OBJECTIVE: The aim was to evaluate gender differences in depression scores of Iranian and German medical students. METHODS: Two hundred Iranian medical students (100 men and 100 women) and 200 German medical students (100 men and 100 women) were selected randomly and completed the English form of the self-rating Beck Depression Inventory (BDI). RESULTS: Analysis gave a mean rating of 10.7 ± 6.6 for Iranian men and 10.9 ± 7.81 for Iranian women (NS). Also, 5 ± 4.9 for German men and 5.6 ± 5.0 for German women (NS). On Item 2, which asked whether the person was pessimistic 33\% of Iranian men and 30\% of Iranian women indicated that they were pessimistic (NS). Also, 21\% of German men and 20\% of German women indicated that they were pessimistic (NS). On Item 9, which asked about suicidal tendencies, 9\% of Iranian men and 13\% of Iranian women reported as having suicidal tendencies (NS). Also, 13\% of German men and 21\% of German women reported as having self-harming thoughts (NS). CONCLUSION: The present study showed no gender differences in Iranian and German medical students' scores on the BDI.
This article was published in Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci
and referenced in Journal of Psychiatry