Journal article

The effect of gender on mental health service use: an examination of mediation through material, social and health-related pathways

Allison Milner, George Disney, Sean Byars, Tania L King, Anne M Kavanagh, Zoe Aitken

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2020

Abstract

PURPOSE: We aimed to understand how much of the gender difference in mental health service use could be due to the joint mediation of employment, behavioural and material factors, social support and mental health need. METHODS: We used data from employed individuals aged 18-65 years who participated in the 2015-2017 waves of the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey. The exposure (male, female) and confounders were measured in 2015, mediators in 2016 and the outcome-whether a person had seen a mental health professional in the previous year-was measured in 2017. We estimated natural mediation effects using weighted counterfactual predictions from a logistic regression mod..

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