Employee psychological distress and treated prevalence by indices of rurality

Hilton, Michael F., Scheurer, Roman W., Sheridan, Judith, Cleary, Catherine M. and Whiteford, Harvey A. (2010) Employee psychological distress and treated prevalence by indices of rurality. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 34 5: 458-465. doi:10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00590.x

Author Hilton, Michael F.
Scheurer, Roman W.
Sheridan, Judith
Cleary, Catherine M.
Whiteford, Harvey A.
Title Employee psychological distress and treated prevalence by indices of rurality
Journal name Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-0200
Publication date 2010-10
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2010.00590.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 5
Start page 458
End page 465
Total pages 8
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: Although there is population data on the prevalence and treated prevalence of mental disorders by urban-rural indices, there is a lacuna of information pertaining to employees. This paper examines the prevalence and treated prevalence of psychological distress in employees by urban-rural indicators.

Methods: Cross-sectional employee Health and Performance at Work Questionnaire responses (n=78,726 from 58 large companies) are interrogated by indices of remoteness (Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia), psychological distress (Kessler 6) and treatment-seeking behaviours for mental health problems.

Results: The overall prevalence of moderate or high psychological distress in employees was 35.2%. The prevalence varied only slightly (maximum to minimum difference of 4.6%) by rural/remote indices. Overall treatment-seeking behaviour for psychological distress was low (22.5%). The percentage of employees seeking treatment for high levels of psychological distress was the lowest in very remote regions (15.1%).

Conclusion: Very remote employees are less likely to access mental health treatments and may be an employee subgroup that would benefit from specific employer health interventions aimed to increase treatment-seeking behaviours.

Implications: Employees in very remote Australia could benefit from specific interventions aimed to increase mental health awareness/literacy.
Keyword Employee health
Psychological factors
Mental health
Rural health
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Public Health Publications
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