The Psychology of Word Use in Depression Forums in English and in Spanish

coauthor: James W. Pennebaker, Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
author: Nairan Ramírez-Esparza, Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
coauthor: Cindy K. Chung, University of Texas at Austin
coauthor: Ewa Kacewicz, University of Texas at Austin
published: May 23, 2008,   recorded: March 2008,   views: 5599

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Comment1 Andreas, May 20, 2011 at 4:20 p.m.:

The way they are using "Breast Cancer" as a Controlgroup actually predisposes to a gender bias: 90% of Breast Cancer Patients are female, in Forums even more, but for depression it's more balanced, with a 2 to 1 ratio reported, though probably the bias is even lower in reality because of the confounding factors in psychological conditions, while if you are male and deny having breast cancer, you still die of breast cancer and pathologists will catch that.

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