"Reducing the overrepresentation of women who are depressed would contribute significantly to lessening the global burden of disability caused by psychological disorders"
What factors can protect against the development of depression?
3 highly protective factors, according to WHO:
having sufficient autonomy to exercise some control in response to severe events.
access to some material resources that allow the possibility of making choices in the face of severe events.
psychological support from family, friends, or health providers is powerfully protective.
4. World Health Organization, Department of mental health and substance abuse. Woman's mental health, an evidence based review. Mental health determinants of populations. 2000. http://www.who.int/entity/mental_health/media/en/67.pdf