Depression, Suicidal Behaviour, and Mental Disorders in Older Aboriginal Australians
AbstractAboriginal Australians experience higher levels of psychological distress, which may develop from the long-term sequelae of social determinants and adversities in early and mid-life. There is little evidence available on the impact of these on the mental health of older Aboriginal Australians. This study enrolled 336 Aboriginal Australian participants over 60 years from 5 major urban and regional areas in NSW, utilizing a structured interview on social determinants, and life-time history of physical and mental conditions; current psychosocial determinants and mental health. Univariate and multivariate analyses were utilized to examine the link between these determinants and current depressive scores and suicidality. There was a high rate of life-time depression (33.3%), current late-life depression (18.1%), and suicidal ideation (11.1%). Risk factors strongly associated with late-life depression included sleep disturbances, a history of suicidal behaviour, suicidal ideation in late-life and living in a regional location. This study supports certain historical and psychosocial factors predicting later depression in old age, and highlights areas to target for prevention strategies. View Full-Text
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Shen, Y.-T.; Radford, K.; Daylight, G.; Cumming, R.; Broe, T.G.A.; Draper, B. Depression, Suicidal Behaviour, and Mental Disorders in Older Aboriginal Australians. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 447.
Shen Y-T, Radford K, Daylight G, Cumming R, Broe TGA, Draper B. Depression, Suicidal Behaviour, and Mental Disorders in Older Aboriginal Australians. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(3):447.Chicago/Turabian Style
Shen, Yu-Tang; Radford, Kylie; Daylight, Gail; Cumming, Robert; Broe, Tony G.A.; Draper, Brian. 2018. "Depression, Suicidal Behaviour, and Mental Disorders in Older Aboriginal Australians." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 3: 447.
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