Physical health of young, Australian women: A comparison of two national cohorts surveyed 17 years apart.

Rowlands, Ingrid J., Dobson, Annette J. and Mishra, Gita D. (2015) Physical health of young, Australian women: A comparison of two national cohorts surveyed 17 years apart.. PLoS One, 10 11: . doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142088


Author Rowlands, Ingrid J.
Dobson, Annette J.
Mishra, Gita D.
Title Physical health of young, Australian women: A comparison of two national cohorts surveyed 17 years apart.
Journal name PLoS One   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1932-6203
Publication date 2015-11-03
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0142088
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 10
Issue 11
Total pages 12
Place of publication San Francisco, CA, United States
Publisher Public Library of Science
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction

Very little is known about the extent of physical health issues among young women in early adulthood and whether this is changing over time.

Methods

We used data from two national samples of young women aged 18–23 years, surveyed 17 years apart, who participated in the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. We used multinomial logistic regression to compare the women’s physical health (i.e., self-rated health, common symptoms and conditions) and identify whether sociodemographic factors, health behaviours and stress explained any physical health differences between the samples.

Results

Women aged 18–23 years in 2013 (N = 17,069) were more likely to report poor self-rated health and physical symptoms (particularly urogenital and bowel symptoms) than women aged 18–23 years in 1996 (N = 14,247). Stress accounted for a large proportion of the physical health differences between the cohorts, particularly for allergies, headaches, self-rated health, severe tiredness, skin problems, severe period pain and hypertension.

Conclusions


Women’s health appears to be changing, with young women born in more recent decades reporting greater physical symptom levels. Changing socio-cultural and economic conditions may place pressure on young adults, negatively affecting their health and wellbeing. Assessing the extent to which social structures and health care policies are offering adequate support to young women may offer avenues for promoting positive health and wellbeing.
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