Gender differences in the interpersonal response to depression and spinal cord injury Academic Article uri icon


  • Differential responses to depressed male and female spinal-cord-injured persons were assessed using an analogue model. Forty male and 53 female undergraduates listened to a scripted audiotape interview of either a male or a female individual with a spinal cord injury who was either depressed or not depressed. There were no significant effects for subject gender, and, regardless of the sex of the target person, the depressed individual was rated less attractive, competent, and desirable. However, the depressed female elicited the least desire for future interaction. Although there were no target gender differences in attractiveness for the depressed condition, the nondepressed male with a spinal cord injury was viewed as significantly less attractive than his female counterpart. © 1987 Plenum Publishing Corporation.

author list (cited authors)

  • Frank, R. G., Elliott, T. R., Wonderlich, S. A., Corcoran, J. R., Umlauf, R. L., & Ashkanazi, G. S.

citation count

  • 13

publication date

  • August 1987