Journal article

The double burden of poverty and marital loss on the mental health of older Australian women; a longitudinal regression analysis using 17 annual waves of the HILDA cohort

Jennifer L Ervin, Allison Milner, Anne M Kavanagh, Tania L King

SOCIAL PSYCHIATRY AND PSYCHIATRIC EPIDEMIOLOGY | SPRINGER HEIDELBERG | Published : 2021

Abstract

PURPOSE: Compared to men, older women have poorer mental health and are more vulnerable to poverty, especially when living alone. However, few studies have examined how gender, marital status and poverty are inter-related and are associated with mental health. This study examines the gendered associations between relative poverty, marital status and mental health in older Australians. METHODS: Drawing on 17 waves of the HILDA Survey, fixed-effects longitudinal regression analysis was utilised to examine the association between: (1) relative poverty (< 50% median household income) and mental health (MHI-5); (2) marital status and poverty, in a cohort of Australians aged 65 + years. We then ex..

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