Hi. I'm doing an assignment where i'm planning a hypothethical research project. In this project i'm supposed to find out how people who are diagnosed clinically depressed view the future. Are they optimistic or negative, etc. So in the table i have one variable with gender and one variable with the categories negative, a bit positive and positive. Does it make sense to use chi-square for measuring significance here? I know how to interpret it with a 2x2 table, but how can the source of difference be interpreted with more categories?

And are there any other ways i could do this? If i for example scored their outlook for the future on a scale, e.g 1-10? Would it then make sense to use other analysis to test significance?

Thanks for any answers, good people!