Journal article

Changes in exposure to 'life stressors' in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, 2002 to 2008

Matthew Stevens, Yin Paradies

BMC Public Health | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2014


BACKGROUND: The Negative Life Events Scale (NLES) has been included in nationally representative surveys of the Indigenous and Australian population since 2002 as a measure of exposure to a range of 'life stressors'. There has been limited reporting or analysis of estimates of the NLES from these surveys. This paper reports changes in exposure to stressors from 2002 to 2008 for the Indigenous population, and examines inter-relationships between eleven NLES items. Data for the 2006 Australian population is also included for comparative purposes. METHODS: Data from the 2002 and 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Surveys (NATSISS) and the 2006 General Social Survey (GSS)..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The first author wishes to acknowledge Gambling Research Australia for funding the initial research. Both authors would like to thank the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who participated in the survey and the Australian Bureau of Statistics for collecting and making the data available.