An Analysis of Mental Stress in Ireland, 1994-2000
AbstractThe General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) is frequently used as a measure of mental well-being with those people with values below a certain threshold regarded as suffering from mental stress. Comparison of mental stress levels across populations may then be sensitive to the chosen threshold. This paper uses stochastic dominance techniques to regardless of the threshold chosen. Decomposition techniques suggest that changes in the proportion unemployed and in the protective effect of income, education and marital status upon mental health were the principal factors underlying this fall.
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GHQ; mental stress; dominance; decomposition.;
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- David Madden, 2007. "An Analysis of Mental Stress in Ireland, 1994-2000," Working Papers 200710, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
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- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - General Welfare
- I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
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- NEP-HAP-2008-05-17 (Economics of Happiness)
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