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IJIET 2014 Vol.4(2): 215-220 ISSN: 2010-3689
DOI: 10.7763/IJIET.2014.V4.401

Gender Differences in SCD Crises: Implications for Genetic Counselling and Psychotherapy

Oluwatoyin Olatundun Ilesanmi

Abstract—Painless and painful crises are common phenomena in sickle cell crises. People with sickle cell disorder(SCD) do experience both chronic and acute pain throughout life. The painful crisis is unpleasant with wide variation in intensity, quality, duration and persistence. It accounts for over 60% of hospital admissions in any given year of persons affected with SCD. Little attempt has been made to survey gender differences in frequency and intensity of pain as well as types of crises often experience by individuals suffering SCD. Thus researches focusing on gender differences in SCD crises are rare despite the fact that women often report lower pain thresholds, higher pain ratings, and lower to learned for pain. Men affected by SCD also experience low nitric oxide. Psychologically, women experienced high level of anxiety over pregnancy related crises. Thus, limited understanding and awareness exists among mental health practitioners on the need for genetic counseling and about the psychotherapeutic management of painful crises in persons affected by SCD. Hence, the need for this paper which attempt to examine the differences in crises as well as proffer solutions for the genetic and mental health implications of these disorders.

Index Terms—Counselling, genetics, psychotherapy, sickle cell disorders.

O. O. Ilesanmi was with Redeemer’s University, RCCG Camp, Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria. She is now with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria (e-mail: ilesanmio@oauife.edu.ng, toytundun@aol.com).


Cite: Oluwatoyin Olatundun Ilesanmi, "Gender Differences in SCD Crises: Implications for Genetic Counselling and Psychotherapy," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 215-220, 2014.

General Information

  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
  • Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Y. Liu
  • Abstracting/ Indexing: Scopus (CiteScore 2022: 2.0), INSPEC (IET), UGC-CARE List (India), CNKI, EBSCO, Google Scholar
  • E-mail: ijiet@ejournal.net


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