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Gender disparity as a threat to the mental well-being of young Sri Lankan women

  • Miyuru Chandradasa (a1) (a2) and Layani Champika Rathnayake (a3)

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Sri Lanka ranks highest in the region for human development. Despite producing the first female head of state in the world, the country has failed to achieve substantial gains in the gender inequality indices in the past decade. In recent years, the proportion of females in secondary education has equalled that of males, and young women have become the majority among the university entrants. These educated young women are likely to face psychosocial distress in a patriarchal society where they would be expected to fulfil traditional gender roles. This article describes gender disparities that could affect the mental well-being of young Sri Lankan women and the need for awareness among mental health professionals in the country.

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Gender disparity as a threat to the mental well-being of young Sri Lankan women

  • Miyuru Chandradasa (a1) (a2) and Layani Champika Rathnayake (a3)
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