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The mental health of young people with disabilities:impact of social conditions

Honey, Anne and Emerson, Eric and Llewellyn, Gwynnyth (2011) The mental health of young people with disabilities:impact of social conditions. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 46 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 0933-7954

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Background Young people with disabilities have poorer mental health than their non-disabled peers. However, people with disabilities are more likely than others to experience financial hardship and low social support, both of which have been linked with poor mental health outcomes. This article explores the extent to which the relatively poor mental health of young people with disabilities is related to the social conditions in which they live. Methods Secondary analysis was performed on Wave 6 (2006) of the survey of Household Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA). This nationally representative sample included 3,392 young Australians, aged 15–29, of whom 475 reported having a long-term health condition, impairment or disability. Results Young people with disabilities reported poorer mental health than their non-disabled peers. However, this relationship was moderated by both social adversity and social support, with minimal differences in mental health observed between the groups under conditions of high social support and low financial hardship. Discussion The results suggest that disability represents a potential adversity that may be exacerbated or ameliorated by the effects of wealth/financial hardship and social support. Conclusion It may be possible to improve the mental health of disabled people by addressing their social exclusion.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Disability ; Young people ; Mental health ; Social support ; Financial hardship
Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 49122
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2011 09:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2017 04:43
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