Journal article

What is the association between wealth and mental health?

KN Carter, T Blakely, S Collings, F Imlach Gunasekara, K Richardson

Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Socioeconomic inequalities in mental health have been shown in a number of populations. This study aims to investigate the association between asset wealth and psychological distress in New Zealand and whether it is independent of other socioeconomic measures and baseline health status. METHODS: Data for this study were from the first three waves of the Survey of Families, Income and Employment (SoFIE) conducted in New Zealand (2002-2004/05) (n = 15 340). The Kessler-10 was used as a measure of psychological distress. The association of quintiles of wealth with psychological distress was investigated using logistic regression, controlling for confounders, socioeconomic variables ..

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