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Does social support modify the effect of disability acquisition on mental health? A longitudinal study of Australian adults

Zoe Aitken, Lauren Krnjacki, Anne Marie Kavanagh, Anthony Daniel LaMontagne, Allison Milner



PURPOSE: Disability acquisition in adulthood is associated with deterioration in mental health. Social support may act as a "buffer" against poor mental health following disability acquisition. We tested the hypothesis that women and men with low social support experienced larger declines in mental health on acquisition of a disability compared to women and men with high social support. METHODS: We assessed whether social support, measured both prior and subsequent to disability acquisition, modified the association between disability acquisition and mental health using 14 annual waves of data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. Participants reported at least ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and a National Health and Medical Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship (1093740) to ZA, an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant (LP100200545) with the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) as a funding partner, centre Grant funding from VicHealth (#15732), and Fellowship funding from the (Australian) Society for Mental Health Research.