Environmental correlates of mental health measures for women in Western Australia

Fearnley, Emily Jane, Soares Magalhaes, Ricardo Jorge, Speldewinde, Peter, Weinstein, Philip and Dobson, Annette (2014) Environmental correlates of mental health measures for women in Western Australia. EcoHealth, 11 4: 502-511. doi:10.1007/s10393-014-0966-3


Author Fearnley, Emily Jane
Soares Magalhaes, Ricardo Jorge
Speldewinde, Peter
Weinstein, Philip
Dobson, Annette
Title Environmental correlates of mental health measures for women in Western Australia
Journal name EcoHealth   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1612-9210
1612-9202
Publication date 2014-09-17
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10393-014-0966-3
Open Access Status
Volume 11
Issue 4
Start page 502
End page 511
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract A recent study in Western Australia identified area level associations between soil salinisation and hospital admissions for depression. Our study assessed the quantitative relationship between mental health measures at the individual level and location specific environmental measurements on salinity, as well as two other indicators of environmental degradation and change: land surface temperature and normalised difference vegetation index, a proxy for rainfall. Location-specific environmental measurements were linked to individual mental health scores of women in three age cohorts from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health using a geographic information system. Bayesian geostatistical linear regression models were developed to assess associations between environmental exposures and mental health scores of women. In contrast to previous studies using area level measures, our study found no associations between individual level measurements of mental health scores for women in south-west Western Australia and salinity, LST or NDVI.
Keyword Mental health
Salinity
Environmental health
Bayesian
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 17 Sep 2014

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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