Journal article

The cumulative effect of living with disability on mental health in working-age adults: an analysis using marginal structural models

Amalia Karahalios, Frank Pega, Zoe Aitken, Allison Milner, Julie A Simpson, Anne M Kavanagh

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020


PURPOSE: Previous studies have shown that acquiring a disability is associated with a reduction in mental health, but they have not considered the cumulative impact of having a disability on mental health. We used acquisition of a non-psychological disability to estimate the association of each additional year lived with disability on mental health (measured using the Mental Component Summary score of the Short Form Health Survey). METHODS: We used the first 13 waves of data (years 2001-2013) from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey. The sample included 4113 working-age (18-65 years) adults who were disability-free at waves 1 and 2. We fitted marginal structural mod..

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