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The lower well-being of young Australian adults with self-reported disability reflects their poorer living conditions rather than health issues

Emerson, Eric and Llewellyn, Gwynnyth and Honey, Anne and Kariuki, Maina (2012) The lower well-being of young Australian adults with self-reported disability reflects their poorer living conditions rather than health issues. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 36 (2). pp. 176-182. ISSN 1753-6405

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the extent to which the lower well-being of young Australians with disabilities could be accounted for by increased rates of exposure to adversity and reduced access to personal, economic, social and community resources. Methods: Secondary analysis of data extracted from Waves 1 (2001) to 8 (2008) of the annual longitudinal survey of Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia. Results: Self-reported disability was associated with significantly lower scores on all indicators of psychological well-being. However, people self-reporting disability were more likely to be exposed to adversity and less likely to have access to a range of personal, economic, material, social and community resources. When these between-group differences in social context were controlled for, the between-group differences in psychological well-being were largely eliminated. Conclusion: Our results suggest that, among younger adults in Australia, the association between disability and lower psychological well-being largely reflects their increased risk of exposure to adversity and reduced access to resources, rather than the presence of health conditions or impairments per se. Implications: Public health interventions aimed at improving the well-being of young adults with a disability need to address the predominantly social determinants of well-being in this group.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Australian & New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Uncontrolled Keywords: disability ; well-being ; quality of life ; adversity ; resources
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 49115
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 22 Jul 2011 11:11
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 08:26
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49115

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