Does rurality effect mental health? A primary care study

Campbell, Alistair, Caffrey, Jane, and Manoff, Terese (2007) Does rurality effect mental health? A primary care study. Journal of Rural Community Psychology, E10 (1). 1- 12.

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The aim of this study was to investigate whether rurality has an impact on psychological wellbeing by assessing the role that location, socio-demographic factors and physical health have on psychological wellbeing. A selection of nine general practitioners, located in North Queensland, voluntarily participated in the survey. 304 respondents, consisting of 89 urban/regional and 215 rural, were screened before their GP appointments. Respondents completed the GHQ-12 and general demographic questionnaires. General practitioners completed an assessment form on the respondent's physical and psychological wellbeing at the time of the appointment. The study found that rurality impacted psychological wellbeing. In particular, living in a rural location combined with factors of relationship status and caring for a disabled family member predicted greater psychological distress. This study adds further weight to the growing research in this area and emphasises the unique and often challenging nature of residing in rural and isolated areas where adequate mental health care can be difficult to provide.

Item ID: 17471
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0276-2285
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2011 00:43
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920209 Mental Health Services @ 100%
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