when to control for a variable?

Hi. I'm trying to analyze the relationship between child abuse and personality disorders.
I have two scales which have their own subscales, all on ratio scales/basis.
I am doing many different tests and analyses. My question is:
should I confound for gender?
In my data gender was not associated with any of the child abuse scales (emotional physical or sexual abuse or neglect) but is associated with a bunch of PD's (personality disorders)..

Thanks in advance!
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