Journal article

Psychological distress in rural Australia: regional variation and the role of family functioning and social support

P Butterworth, TE Handley, TJ Lewin, P Reddy, BJ Kelly

Journal of Public Health (Germany) | Published : 2014

Abstract

Aim: Regional variation in the prevalence of mental disorders and particularly variation in the role of risk and protective factors has received limited research attention. This study investigates variation in the prevalence of significant psychological distress across regions, and quantifies the relative impact of family functioning and social support. Subject and method: Multilevel analysis of data from the longitudinal Australian Rural Mental Health Study, comprising a stratified random sample from non-metropolitan New South Wales. Distress was assessed using the Kessler-10. The analysis considered clustering within households and across geographic regions based on Local Government Areas ..

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