Risk factors for common mental disorders in women. Population-based longitudinal study.


Patel, V; Kirkwood, BR; Pednekar, S; Weiss, H; Mabey, D; (2006) Risk factors for common mental disorders in women. Population-based longitudinal study. The British journal of psychiatry, 189. pp. 547-55. ISSN 0007-1250 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjp.bp.106.022558

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The determinants of common mental disorders in women have not been described in longitudinal studies from a low-income country. METHOD: Population-based cohort study of 2494 women aged 18 to 50 years, in India. The Revised Clinical Interview Schedule was used for the detection of common mental disorders. RESULTS: There were 39 incident cases of common mental disorder in 2166 participants eligible for analysis (12-month rate 1.8%, 95% CI 1.3-2.4%). The following baseline factors were independently associated with the risk for common mental disorder: poverty (low income and having difficulty making ends meet); being married as compared with being single; use of tobacco; experiencing abnormal vaginal discharge; reporting a chronic physical illness; and having higher psychological symptom scores at baseline. CONCLUSIONS: Programmes to reduce the burden of common mental disorder in women should target poorer women, women with chronic physical illness and who have gynaecological symptoms, and women who use tobacco.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- ) > Dept of Nutrition and Public Health Interventions Research (2003-2012)
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Research Centre: Tropical Epidemiology Group
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 17139040
Web of Science ID: 242680200012
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/10666

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