Gender Differences in Mental Well- Being: A Decomposition Analysis
AbstractThe General Health Questionnaire (GHQ) is frequently used as a measure of mental well-being. A consistent pattern across countries is that women report lower levels of mental well-being, as measured by the GHQ. This paper applies decomposition techniques to Irish data for 1994 and 2000 to examine the factors lying behind the gender differences in GHQ score. For both 1994 and 2000 about two thirds of the raw difference is accounted for by differences in characteristics, with employment status the single most important factor.
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Mental Well-Being; decomposition; gender difference.;
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- David Madden, 2010. "Gender Differences in Mental Well-Being: a Decomposition Analysis," Social Indicators Research, Springer, vol. 99(1), pages 101-114, October.
- David Madden, 2008. "Gender Differences in Mental Well-Being - A Decomposition Analysis," Working Papers 200803, School Of Economics, University College Dublin.
- I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Production
- I31 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General Welfare, Well-Being
- I32 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Measurement and Analysis of Poverty
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- NEP-ALL-2008-05-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-HAP-2008-05-17 (Economics of Happiness)
- NEP-HEA-2008-05-17 (Health Economics)
- NEP-LAB-2008-05-17 (Labour Economics)
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