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Type: Journal article
Title: Mental health status of the South Australian population
Author: Taylor, A.
Wilson, D.
DalGrande, E.
Ben-Tovim, D.
Elzinga, R.
Goldney, R.
McFarlane, A.
Cheok, F.
Kirke, D.
Citation: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 2000; 24(1):29-34
Publisher: Public Health Assoc Australia Inc
Issue Date: 2000
ISSN: 1326-0200
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Anne W. Taylor, David H. Wilson, Eleonora Dal Grande, David Ben-Tovim, Robert H. Elzinga, Robert D. Goldney, Alexander C. MacFarlane, Frida Cheok and Kerry Kirke
Abstract: <h4>Objective</h4>To determine, by the use of a telephone survey, the mental health status of SA adults (18+ years) using the GHQ-28, SF-12 and self-report as indicators of mental health, and to examine risk factors for mental health morbidity.<h4>Sample</h4>A random representative sample of South Australian adults selected from the Electronic White Pages. Overall, 2,501 interviews were conducted (74.0% response rate).<h4>Results</h4>Overall, 19.5% of respondents had a mental health problem as determined by the GHQ-28, 11.8% as determined by the mental health component summary score of the SF-12 and 11.9% self-reported a mental health condition. The percentage of people with a mental health problem who had used a psychologist or a psychiatrist in the previous 12 months was 9.6% for people diagnosed by the GHQ-28, 16.2% by SF-12 and 23.7% for self-report. The logistic regression analyses undertaken to describe people with a mental health problem as determined by the GHQ-28 and to describe people who visited a psychologist or psychiatrist produced different age categories, demographic and co-morbidity indicators. Variables found in both analyses included living in the metropolitan area, being economically inactive and being a high user of health services.<h4>Conclusions</h4>One in five South Australian adults has a mental problem. Although the prevalence is higher for younger age groups, older adults are more likely to visit a psychologist or a psychiatrist.<h4>Implications</h4>Telephone interviewing produces robust indicators of the prevalence of mental health problems and is a cost-effective way of identifying prevalence estimates or tracking changes over time.
Keywords: Humans
Health Status Indicators
Population Surveillance
Logistic Models
Mental Health
Mental Disorders
Age Distribution
Health Status
Residence Characteristics
Sex Distribution
Middle Aged
Health Services
Cost-Benefit Analysis
South Australia
Surveys and Questionnaires
Description: Copyright © 2000 Public Health Association of Australia
Provenance: Published Online: 25 Sep 2007
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-842X.2000.tb00719.x
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