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“I Don't Express My Feelings to Anyone”: How Self-Silencing Relates to Gender and Depression in Nepal

Dana C. Jack, Bindu Pokharel and Usha Subba

in Silencing the Self Across Cultures

Published in print March 2010 | ISBN: 9780195398090
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776900 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398090.003.0008
“I Don't Express My Feelings to Anyone”: How Self-Silencing Relates to Gender and Depression in Nepal

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This chapter examines how self-silencing and depression are affected in gender-specific ways by the changing social context in Nepal. The authors explore whether self-silencing relates to depression differently in Nepal than it does Western industrialized countries. To examine this question, the authors draw upon data they have collected through three studies in Kathmandu, Nepal. The chapter outlines the findings from these studies, which used interviews, focus groups, and quantitative questionnaires to understand the experiences of depression and self-silencing among Nepalese men and women. The authors argue that gender is an important factor in explaining the risks and consequences associated with self-silencing and depression in Nepal, but also that both men and women are at risk for depression when they silence themselves in attempting to maintain social and familial harmony.

Keywords: self-silencing; silencing the Self Scale; gender; depression; nepal; social norms; focus groups

Chapter.  13153 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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