Journal article

Does the effect of disability acquisition on mental health differ by employment characteristics? A longitudinal fixed-effects analysis

Zoe Aitken, Julie Anne Simpson, Rebecca Bentley, Allison Milner, Anthony Daniel LaMontagne, Anne Marie Kavanagh

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology: the international journal for research in social and genetic epidemiology and mental health services | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2019

Abstract

PURPOSE: Longitudinal studies have suggested a causal relationship between disability acquisition and mental health, but there is substantial heterogeneity in the magnitude of the effect. Previous studies have provided evidence that socioeconomic characteristics can buffer the effect but have not examined the role of employment characteristics. METHODS: We used data from 17 annual waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia Survey to compare the mental health of working age individuals before and after disability acquisition, using the Mental Health Inventory, a subscale of the SF-36 health questionnaire. Linear fixed-effects regression models were used to estimate the ef..

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