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Mental Health Problems, disability and income support receipt: a replication and extension using the HILDA Survey

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  • Peter Butterworth

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  • Timothy Crosier

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There is considerable evidence that social position and economic status are related to mental health. This article uses data from the first wave of the HILDA Survey to replicate and extend previous research demonstrating the elevated prevalence of mental disorders among different groups of Australian income support recipients. Welfare recipients were significantly more likely to experience moderate or severe disability due to poor mental health than non-recipients, with rates particularly elevated among clients receiving disability, lone parent and unemployment payments. To a large extent, these elevated rates of mental disability are consistent with the pattern of financial hardship and demographic characteristics such as gender and partnered status, and physical disability. However, a significant proportion of mental disability remains unexplained in several client segments. These findings have important implications for the design, delivery and evaluation of interventions to improve the social and economic participation of different welfare client groups.

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  • Peter Butterworth & Timothy Crosier, 2004. "Mental Health Problems, disability and income support receipt: a replication and extension using the HILDA Survey," Australian Journal of Labour Economics (AJLE), Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre (BCEC), Curtin Business School, vol. 7(2), pages 151-174, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:ozl:journl:v:7:y:2004:i:2:p:151-174
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    1. Martin Huber & Michael Lechner & Conny Wunsch, 2011. "Does leaving welfare improve health? Evidence for Germany," Health Economics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 20(4), pages 484-504, April.
    2. Butterworth, Peter & Rodgers, Bryan & Windsor, Tim D., 2009. "Financial hardship, socio-economic position and depression: Results from the PATH Through Life Survey," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, pages 229-237.
    3. D.P. Doessel, 2011. "Disabled people's living standards: filling a policy vacuum," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 38(4), pages 341-357, March.

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    Keywords

    Health Production; Nutrition; Mortality; Morbidity; Substance Abuse and Addiction; Disability; and Economic Behavior Social Security and Public Pensions Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings;

    JEL classification:

    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • H55 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Social Security and Public Pensions
    • J65 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers - - - Unemployment Insurance; Severance Pay; Plant Closings

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