Changes in psychological distress in Australian adults between 1995 and 2011
Anthony F Jorm, Nicola J Reavley
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVE: To monitor changes in psychological distress in Australia over a 16-year period during which the availability of mental health services was increasing. METHOD: Data on psychological distress using the 4-NS scale were analysed from national surveys of adults carried out in 1995, 2003-04 and 2011. RESULTS: No change in psychological distress was found. CONCLUSIONS: The data show no improvement in adult mental health during a period when the availability of pharmacological, psychological and population interventions increased. Regular population monitoring of mental health is needed in the future in order to identify emerging needs and to evaluate the impact of service improvements a..View full abstract
The study was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The authors receive salary support from the National Health and Medical Research Council. Orygen Youth Health Research Centre is supported by the Colonial Foundation.